Poetry, VOLUME 1

Poem: William Carlos Williams “The Great Figure” [Vol. 1, #44]

The Great Figure

William Carlos Williams

[ Based on Charles Henry Demuth’s painting:
I saw the Figure Five in Gold ]

Among the rain
and lights
I saw the figure 5
in gold
on a red
fire truck
moving
tense
unheeded
to gong clangs
siren howls
and wheels rumbling
through the dark city

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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com


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