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Wait: Poems Paperback – Bargain Price, April 26, 2011
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Although this collection of poetry is varied in theme and moods, many of the poems constitute reflections on death and on the poet's own mortality. In the title poem, Williams meditates on the inevitablity of death and of the need to keep going and to continue with life. While seemingly morbid in tone, there is a feeling of will and strength in these poems. Thus in "Wait" Williams begins with a speech to a personified time, commenting on its ravages:
"Chop, hack, slash; chop, hack, slash; cleaver, boning knife, ax--
not even the clumsiest clod of a butcher could do this so crudely,
time, as do you, dismember me, render me, leave me slop in a pail,
on part of my body a hundred years old, one not even there anymore,
another still riven with idiot vigor, voracious as the youth I was
for whom everything always was going slowly, too slowly.Read more ›
Her abductor dies, too, though, in a gush of gore, in a net
That we know; she foresaw that-in a gush of gore, in a net. (43)
During my reading of this book, I also find a record of conversation between C.K. Williams and Jeffrey Brown.Read more ›