By Word of Mouth: Poems from the Spanish, 1916-1959

William Carlos Williams (Author) Jonathan Cohen (Editor)
& 1 more

Product Details

New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
October 05, 2011
5.32 X 0.57 X 8.03 inches | 0.52 pounds
BISAC Categories:

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate

About the Author

Besides being a practicing physician, William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) was a poet, short-story writer, novelist, translator, playwright, and essayist whose contribution to the development of modern American poetry grew out of his commitment to recording the "local" experience of Rutherford, New Jersey, and its environs.
Jonathan Cohen is the editor and compiler of William Carlos Williams' By Word of Mouth: Poems from the Spanish,1916-1959 and editor and translator of Ernesto Cardenal's Pluriverse: New and Selected Poems, both published recently by New Directions.


A splendid surprise.--Patrick Dunagan
This book will reinforce the sense of Williams as one deeply invested in the language and rhythm of the New World -- North as well as South.--Paul Mariani, author of William Carlos Williams, A New World Naked
The great pleasure of By Word of Mouth, Williams' translations of poems from the Spanish, which he did throughout his career, is reading Williams as he puts on the language of Quevedo, Hernández, Neruda, and Parra, among many others, including his own mother. He saw translation as a way to practice and learn his craft, and in this he both takes part in an ongoing tradition of poetry and sets himself apart from the Modernists we think of as his peers, except for Ezra Pound. This collection is the first record I know of of an ongoing engagement with the poetry of Williams' first language.--Mark Jarman