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Wait finds C. K. Williams by turns ruminative, stalked by "the conscience-beast, who harries me," and "riven by idiot vigor, voracious as the youth I was for whom everything was going too slowly, too slowly." Poems about animals and rural life are set hard by poems about shrapnel in Iraq and sudden desire on the Paris M?etro; grateful invocations of Herbert and Hopkins give way to fierce negotiations with the shades of Coleridge, Dostoevsky, and Celan. What the poems share is their setting in the cool, spacious, spotlit, book-lined place that is Williams's consciousness, a place whose workings he has rendered for fifty years with inimitable candor and style.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780374285913
0374285918
Characteristics: 125 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Gaffe
Thrush
Cows
Marina
Wasp
Blackbird
On the metro
Peggy
Fish
Miniature poodle
Plums
Rats
Frog
Prisoners
Fire
We
Saddening
Shrapnel
Wood
Cassandra, Iraq
Ponies
Light
United States
Brain
Glance
Assumptions
All but always
Back
Butterfly
Teachers
Steen
Clay
Halo
Rash
Vertigo
Riots
Lies
Red truck
Ethics
"I"
Apes
Wait
Coffin store
Roe vs. Wade
Lucre
Still, again: Martin Luther King, April 4, 2008
Either/or
Two movements for an allegretto
Mouse fur
Fucking the flower
I hate
Blackstone
In the Augean barn
Zebra
Dust
Foundation
Jew on bridge.
Summary: Wait finds C. K. Williams by turns ruminative, stalked by "the conscience-beast, who harries me," and "riven by idiot vigor, voracious as the youth I was for whom everything was going too slowly, too slowly." Poems about animals and rural life are set hard by poems about shrapnel in Iraq and sudden desire on the Paris M?etro; grateful invocations of Herbert and Hopkins give way to fierce negotiations with the shades of Coleridge, Dostoevsky, and Celan. What the poems share is their setting in the cool, spacious, spotlit, book-lined place that is Williams's consciousness, a place whose workings he has rendered for fifty years with inimitable candor and style.

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