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Williams, C. K. (Charles Kenneth) 1936-

Overview
Works: 152 works in 365 publications in 2 languages and 17,291 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Juvenile works  Biography  Interviews  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Signer
Classifications: PS3573.I4483, 811.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by C. K Williams
Repair by C. K Williams( Book )

12 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 1,200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With his two previous books, a generous Selected Poems and The Vigil, C.K. Williams received major acclaim, including the PEN/Voelcker Award and the prestigious Berlin Prize. Repair represents an extraordinary outpouring of new work: nearly fifty poems, many of them in couplets and quatrains, together with a number of generous longer poems. His subjects, again, are love, death, the secrets kept among intimates, the waywardness of thought, and the violence and metaphoric power of the natural world. A long poem about the sixties, "King", broods over the mixed motives and misunderstandings of the period; the final poem defines, and in its way celebrates, the "invisible mending" of time and attentiveness to the thing itself
The singing by C. K Williams( Book )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 1,171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his first book of poetry since Repair, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2000, C.K. Williams treats the characteristic subjects of a poet's maturity-the loss of friends, the love of grandchildren, the receding memories of childhood, the baffling illogic of current events-with an intensity and drive that recall not only his recent work but also his early books, published forty years ago. He gazes at a Rembrandt self-portrait, and from it fashions a self-portrait of his own. He ponders an "anatomical effigy" at the Museum of Mankind, and in so doing "dissects" our common humanity. Stoking a fire at a house in the country, he recalls a friend who was burned horribly in war, and then turns, with eloquence and authority, to contemporary life during wartime, asking "how those with power over us can effect such things, and by what cynical reasoning pardon themselves." The Singing is a direct and resonant book: tough, searching, heartfelt, permanent. New work from the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Repair, reality has put itself so solidly before me there's little need for mystery, except for us, for how we take the world to us, and make it more, more than we are, more even than itself-from "The World". In his first volume since Repair, C.K. Williams treats the characteristic subjects of a poet's maturity-the loss of friends, the love of grandchildren, the receding memories of childhood, the baffling illogic of current events-with an intensity and drive that recall not only his recent work but also his early books, published forty years ago
On Whitman by C. K Williams( Book )

10 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,022 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines what makes "Leaves of Grass"--Particularly the original edition--so distinctive and influential, including the use of the first person and the poet's views on sex, death, and other topics, and details its effect on other poets
The best of the best American poetry( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 785 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

100 poems selected by Robert Pinsky that represent each volume in The best American poetry series
Collected poems by C. K Williams( Book )

12 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 778 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects nearly four decades of the author's work featuring poems from "Tar," "With Ignorance," "Flesh and Blood," "A Dream of Mind," "Repair," and "The Singing."
Wait by C. K Williams( Book )

9 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 758 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 Métro; 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
Women of Trachis by Sophocles( Book )

9 editions published between 1978 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 714 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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A not scary story about big scary things by C. K Williams( Book )

4 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 645 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A little boy walking through an ordinary forest encounters an extraordinary monster
Flesh and blood by C. K Williams( Book )

14 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in English and French and held by 599 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Flesh and Blood, the fifth collection by C.K. Williams, was awarded the 1987 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. Reviewing it in The New York Times Book Review, Edward Hirsch noted that the book's compression and exactitude gave it "the feeling of a contemporary sonnet sequence." Hirsch added: "Like Berryman's Dream Songs or Lowell's Notebooks, Mr. Williams's short poems are shapely yet open-minded and self-generative, loosely improvisational though with an underlying formal necesity."
The Bacchae by Euripides( Book )

9 editions published between 1990 and 1993 in English and held by 534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Williams handles the spoken poetry in a flexible verse that encompasses a wide range of tone. His treatment of the lyrics uses a rhythmically bold form whose accents would particularly lend themsleves to effective choral acting
A dream of mind : poems by C. K Williams( Book )

7 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in English and held by 531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

consciousness with enormous flexibility and suppleness. Other poems make similar investigations of jealousy, family life, and psychological and intellectual constructs. Passionate, truculent, humorous, and always questioning, C. K. Williams's poetry is, in more than one sense, the poetry of contemporary experience. This challenging, exhilarating book marks a new stage in this groundbreaking writer's constantly evolving work
The vigil by C. K Williams( Book )

10 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over three decades, C. K. Williams has claimed as his own a world of startling anecdotes and complex inner states, rendered in precise, daring language. The Vigil -- which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and, in the United Kingdom, the Forward Prize -- brings Williams's poetry to a new pitch of intensity. The poems have become more condensed and more intensely lyrical, and while the broad range of themes and concerns evident in his Selected Poems has not been slighted -- there are poems for departed family and friends. Love poems, poems of history and of social and political despair and hope, and frankly symbolic short poems -- they have become even more sharply observed and dramatic. The Vigil is C. K. Williams most powerful book to date
Selected poems by C. K Williams( Book )

14 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in English and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For his Selected Poems, C.K. Williams has chosen from three decades of his work - ranging from his early poems to a group of new poems - to produce a volume that represents every aspect of his remarkable career. The book opens with poems from Lies (1969) and I Am the Bitter Name (1971), which introduced Williams as one of the most gifted poets of his generation, and moves on to an exquisite series of poems inspired by the Japanese poet Issa. These are followed by a substantial portion of With Ignorance (1977), where Williams first explored the bold, sinewy, capacious long line that has become a hallmark of his work - and one of the genuine innovations in postwar American poetry. The selections from his subsequent work, Tar (1983), Flesh and Blood (1987), and A Dream of Mind (1992), show him mastering that line in fiercely unsentimental, succinct eight-line vignettes, and longer poems in which his vigilant sensibility ranges over the American moral landscape with a characteristic authority and intensity of insight. The book closes with thirteen new poems in which the metaphysical aspect of Williams's recent work emerges with fresh and striking directness
Tar : poems by C. K Williams( Book )

6 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How the Nobble was finally found by C. K Williams( Book )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 442 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After many, many years of being alone, a Nobble finally finds a friend
Poems, 1963-1983 by C. K Williams( Book )

11 editions published between 1988 and 1992 in English and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Writers writing dying by C. K Williams( Book )

5 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since his first poetry collection, Lies, C.K. Williams has nurtured an incomparable reputation'as a deeply moral poet, a writer of profound emotion, and a teller of compelling stories. In Writers Writing Dying, he retains the essential parts of his poetic identity'his candor, the drama of his verses, the social conscience of his themes'while slyly reinventing himself, re-casting his voice, and in many poems examining the personal'sexual desire, the hubris of youth, the looming specter of death'more bluntly and bravely than ever. In "Prose," he confronts his nineteen year-old self, who despairs of writing poetry, with the question "How could anyone know this little'" In a poem of meditation, "The Day Continues Lovely," he radically expands the scale of his attention: "Meanwhile cosmos roars on with so many voices we can't hear ourselves think. Galaxy on. Galaxy off. Universe on, but another just behind this one . . . " Even the poet's own purpose is questioned; in "Draft 23" he asks, "Between scribble and slash'are we trying to change the world by changing the words'" With this wildly vibrant collection'by turns funny, moving, and surprising'Williams proves once again that, he has, in Michael Hofmann's words, "as much scope and truthfulness as any American poet since Lowell and Berryman."
Selected and last poems by Paul Zweig( Book )

4 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the abandoned cities : poems by Donald Revell( Book )

5 editions published in 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With ignorance by C. K Williams( Book )

4 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Alternative Names
C. K. Williams amerikai kltő, kritikus

C. K. Williams US-amerikanischer Dichter und Literaturprofessur

Williams, C.K.

Williams, C. K. 1936-

Williams, Charles K. 1936-...

Williams, Charles K. II

Williams, Charles Kenneth

Williams, Charles Kenneth 1936-

سی. کی. ویلیامز شاعر آمریکایی

Languages
English (196)

French (3)

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The singingOn WhitmanCollected poemsWaitWomen of TrachisA not scary story about big scary thingsFlesh and bloodThe Bacchae