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William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)


	First he said:
	It is the woman in us
	That makes us write--
	Let us acknowledge it--
	Men would be silent.
	We are not men
	Therefore we can speak
	And be conscious
	(of the two sides)
	Unbent by the sensual
	As befits accuracy.

	I then said:
	Dare you make this
	Your propaganda?

	And he answered:
	Am I not I--here?

	[(from The Tempers, 1913)
	The Collected Earlier Poems]
	Copyright (c) 1917, 1921 The Four Seas Company
	Copyright (c) 1934 The Objectivist Press
	Copyright (c) 1935 The Alcestis Press
	Copyright (c) 1936 Reginald Lane Latimer
	Copyright (c) 1938 New Directions Publishing Corporation
	Copyright (c) 1938, 1941, 1951 William Carlos Williams
	Copyright (c) 1966 Florence H. Williams


I've compiled the above information referring to some standard reference materials, including The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-century Poetry, Grolier Encyclopedia, etc.

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