Poetry, VOLUME 6

William Carlos Williams Poems – Five of Our Favorites!

William Carlos Williams Poems

Today is the birthday of poet William Carlos Williams…

In celebration, here are five of our favorite William Carlos Williams poems :

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William Carlos Williams

Books by William Carlos Williams ]

 
 
Her body is not so white as
anemony petals nor so smooth–nor
so remote a thing. It is a field
of the wild carrot taking
the field by force; the grass
does not raise above it.
Here is no question of whiteness,
white as can be, with a purple mole
at the center of each flower.
Each flower is a hand’s span
of her whiteness. Wherever
his hand has lain there is
a tiny purple blemish. Each part
is a blossom under his touch
to which the fibres of her being
stem one by one, each to its end,
until the whole field is a
white desire, empty, a single stem,
a cluster, flower by flower,
a pious wish to whiteness gone over–
or nothing.

 

These poems are found in the collection
SOUR GRAPES by William Carlos Williams.

Available as a FREE ebook for Kindle
or in a variety of other formats via Project Gutenberg

 
 

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