In Time: Poets, Poems, and the Rest


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University of Chicago Press
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6.1 X 0.9 X 9.1 inches | 1.1 pounds
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About the Author

C. K. Williams is professor of creative writing at Princeton University. He is the author of eighteen books of poetry, including Repair and The Singing, as well as several books of prose, mostly recently On Whitman.


"Williams is a poet of imaginative composure amid real-world disarray. His fastidious, refined heart camps in the middle of the worldly misery that minimizes its claims."--New York Times
"It is a small luxury to watch a writer construct character as skillfully as Williams does. . . . [He] is a trenchant observer and a dedicated examiner of mind and motive."--The New Republic
"A book of beautiful prose, quiet tenacity, intellectual depth and moral rigor."--Cerise Press
"Williams's most memorable recent prose, like his poetry, reflects on the difficulties of being an ambitious artist. Writing more as a poet than a critic, he celebrates the work that has meant the most to him as a practitioner. . . . One of the finest pieces from the new collection examines 'odd endings' in the work of great poets. Williams bemoans the 'sheer mawkishness' of Rilke's conclusion to the Duino Elegies (an otherwise 'infinitely compelling work'), and hears the last lines of Four Quartets (another work of great ambition that's been crucially important to me") as a 'strangely thin lyrical murmur.' Overstatement aside, Williams's vicarious embarrassment for his heroes shoes him at his most attractive. His struggles with Rilke and Eliot mirror his own inner turmoil."--Times Literary Supplement