By Word of Mouth: Poems from the Spanish, 1916-1959
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About the Author
William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) was a poet, writer, and physician closely associated with modernism and imagism. While poetry was his main literary focus, he occasionally wrote short stories, plays, novels, essays, and translations. In addition to his writing, Williams had a long career as a physician practicing both pediatrics and general medicine.
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