“No poetry is more fresh, more immediate, more deftly challenging,” writes editor Robert Pinsky. “William Carlos Williams is at the center of one of poetry’s greatest historical flowerings.” A poet of astonishing range and inventiveness, Williams was at once a daring formal innovator, one of the band of modernists who transformed American poetry, and an intimate, sometimes savagely frank chronicler of the life and landscape of his native New Jersey.
From the beginning he pursued an independent course, creating a diverse and unfailingly vital body of work, from the hard-edged experiments of Spring and All to the fluent lyricism of “Asphodel, That Greeny Flower.” His influence on generations of poets has been indelible, and as this masterful new selection demonstrates, his poems retain their capacity to astonish and delight.
About the American Poets Project
Elegantly designed in compact editions, printed on acid-free paper, and textually authoritative, the American Poets Project makes available the full range of the American poetic accomplishment, selected and introduced by today’s most discerning poets and critics.
About the Author
William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) was one of the leading modernist poets of his generation.
Robert Pinsky, editor, is the author of numerous books of poetry and criticism, including The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems 1966-1996. His History Of My Heart (1984) received the William Carlos Williams Prize, awarded by the Poetry Society of America. From 1997 to 2000, he served as United States Poet Laureate and Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress.