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The author of the book: William Carlos Williams
Edition: Aldus/CONACULTA
Date of issue: 2009
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Language: English
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I had little idea Williams was influenced by his reading of James Joyce's Ulysses, before writing an 85-line poem on Paterson, New Jersey in 1926. Over the years this would expand in five volumes, and a sixth that was left incomplete. Williams at his strongest here is as good an American poet as there has been, however, I was still frustrated by the fact not all of the five books of Paterson were up to a high standard, some of it was ok at best, maybe his other job of being a pediatrician got in the way somewhat. The method of his work here is to report on the reality of Patterson. Patterson is not only the city in New Jersey but the central personna of the poem. While the work is formally structured as an epic in five parts, with fragments of a sixth included as an appendix it rather gives the impression of being a collection of random fragments that don't always bind together. Williams, who so much wanted to be true to the American experience and American speech, nonetheless, he didn't give me the impression of really making the American voice truly come alive enough. Some of the incidents and observations presented do not in my mind present a powerful emotional connection in relationships he describes. Having said that, when he gets it right, there was still much to enjoy, with moments of exuberance that was a sheer pleasure to read. Just a damn shame not all was up to scratch.

Paterson lies in the valley under the Passaic Falls,
its spent waters forming the outline of his back.
He lies on his right side, head near the thunder
of the waters filling his dreams! Eternally asleep,
his dreams walk about the city where he persists
incognito. Butterflies settle on his stone ear.
Immortal he-neither moves nor rouses and is
seldom seen, though he breathes and the
subtleties of his machinations drawing their
substance from the noise of the pouring river
animate a thousand automatons. Who because
they neither know their sources nor the sills
of their disappointments walk outside their
bodies aimlessly for the most part, locked and
forgot in their desires-unroused. Say it, no ideas
but in thin nothing but the blank faces of the
houses and cylindrical trees bent, forked by
preconception and accident split, furrowed,
creased, mottled, stained, secret into the body
of the light! From above, higher than the spires,
higher even than the office·towers, from oozy
fields abandoned to grey beds of dead grass,
black sumac, withered weed-stalks,
mud and thickets cluttered with dead leaves,
the river comes pouring in above the city
and crashes from the edge of the gorge
in a recoil of spray and rainbow mists.
A man like a city and a woman like a flower,
who are in love. Two women. Three women.
Innumerable women, each like a flower.
But only one man like a city...

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Ebook Paterson read Online! William Carlos Williams was an American poet closely associated with modernism and Imagism. He was also a pediatrician and general practitioner of medicine. Williams "worked harder at being a writer than he did at being a physician," wrote biographer Linda Wagner-Martin. During his long lifetime, Williams excelled both as a poet and a physician.

Although his primary occupation was as a doctor, Williams had a full literary career. His work consists of short stories, poems, plays, novels, critical essays, an autobiography, translations and correspondence. He wrote at night and spent weekends in New York City with friends—writers and artists like the avant-garde painters Marcel Duchamp and Francis Picabia and the poets Wallace Stevens and Marianne Moore. He became involved in the Imagist movement but soon he began to develop opinions that differed from those of his poetic peers, Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot. Later in his life, Williams toured the United States giving poetry readings and lectures.

In May 1963, he was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Pictures from Brueghel and Other Poems (1962) and the Gold Medal for Poetry of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. The Poetry Society of America continues to honor William Carlos Williams by presenting an annual award in his name for the best book of poetry published by a small, non-profit or university press.

Williams' house in Rutherford is now on the National Register of Historic Places. He was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2009.

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