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William Carlos Williams: Selected Poems (American Poets Project) Hardcover – October 7, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-1931082716 ISBN-10: 1931082715 Edition: 1st
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Product Details

  • Series: American Poets Project (Book 13)
  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Library of America; 1 edition (October 7, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931082715
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931082716
  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #687,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Driver9 on January 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
First of all, I'm shocked that I am the first person to review this book, which was released a few months ago. I'm no poetry "expert," though I do know what I like, and I like this guy. But where is everybody? I thought this volume, as well as others in the American Poets Project, would have received more attention. Especially William Carlos Williams, a voice like no other, intoxicating in a way that Whitman is, but a more modern voice, more syncopated. And there is the same love of the world around him, mostly simple, sometimes broken things. No doubt, he is one of the main voices of the 20th century and he well deserves his place in the pantheon.

If you have never read W.C. Williams, this is a great place to start. If you have, this volume is a beautifully presented distillation of his work and will be sure to offer some new revelations.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By F. Snyder on January 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If you haven't read Williams and need a place to start, this is a great beginning. Pinsky has a keen eye for Williams, and selects the freshest and most involving poems. Glancing through the reviews for all of the Poets Project books, I'm surprised little has been said about the book. For a small book it has a tough binding, but more importantly the print is easy to read--making it enjoyable to thumb (I find it difficult to read more than a handful of good poems without a break).
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Eoghan Nolan on January 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
So much depends on this selection of WCW's work... it seems to me better than the other selection in my possession, the Penguin edition from the 80s. This one is beautifully designed and sized. I'm not familiar enough with the entire opus to really know whether this selection is definitive; certainly none of my favourites are absent. Small quibbles: something about the type makes poems sharing a page look like uneasy bedfellows but I don't know if this is avoidable. Also the glue inside the front flypaper is visible and I'm not sure will stand the test of time as well as the poems have. Overall though, a very pleasing volume.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Albin TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 5, 2014
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A superb selection of Williams' poetry in a handsome and durable small volume. The editor, Robert Pinsky, selected an appropriate spectrum of Williams' verse across his long career, including all his most famous poems. Reading and rereading these poems is always rewarding because of Williams' ability to capture arresting images, experiences, and states of mind. As with all anthologies, some choices may be arguable. I would like to see all of his great, late poem Asphodel included but Pinsky's choices make sense and reflect his sure knowledge of Williams' work. This book is a great addition to the worthy American Poets Project.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donna Gibson on October 16, 2013
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I bought this book as a reference for a MOOC course I am taking. Williams's poetry is new to me, and I can't get enough. Hey you all, look into MOOC courses; they will open your mind. Free too.
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