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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
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.
- Bremen, B., William Carlos Williams and the Diagnostics of Culture (1992)
- Breslin, J., William Carlos Williams (1970; repr. 1985)
- Doyle, C., William Carlos Williams: The Critical Heritage (1990)
- Frail, D., The Early Politics and Poetics of William Carlos Williams (1987)
- Mariani, P., William Carlos Williams: A New World Naked (1981; repr. 1990)
- -----, William Carlos Williams: The Poet and His Critics (1975)
- Tapscott, Stephen, American Beauty: William Carlos Williams and the Modernist Whitman (New York: Columbia UP, 1984)
- Terrell, C. F., William Carlos Williams (1983)
- Whitaker, T., William Carlos Williams, rev. ed. (1989)
- Williams, W. C., Autobiography (1951; repr. New York: New Directions, 1967)
- -----, The Collected Earlier Poems of William Carlos Williams (New York: New Directions)
- -----, The Collected Later Poems of William Carlos Williams, rev. ed. (New York: New Directions)
- -----, The Doctor Stories, comp. by Robert Coles (1984)
- -----, Paterson, rev. ed. prepared by Christopher MacGowan (New York: New Directions, 1992)
- William Carlos Williams
Bibliography, brief notes.
- Six Poems (virginia)
Modern English Collection e-text. Comprises "Portrait of a Lady," "To Waken an Old Lady," "The Desolate Field," "Willow Poem," "Blizzard," "Spring Storm," as appeared in The Dial, August 1920, pp. 162-165.
Last updated: 5 December 2001
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