#tbt – William Carlos Williams

Today, September 17, is the birthday of poet William Carlos Williams. We figured he’d make for a perfect #tbt and it would give us the excuse to highlight his work.

Williams was a unique voice in American poetry. He received the National Book Award for poetry in 1950 and won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1963. In addition to being an accomplished poet, Williams was also an essayist, playwright, novelist, and a practicing physician.

It’s always a great experience to hear a poet read their work. Fortunately PennSound makes this a possibility with Williams. You should definitely take a minute to go listen to some of the recordings they have.

You’ll also want to check out the 1964 interview with the poet from The Paris Review.

There is some great biographical information and literary criticism available through our ARTEMIS Literary Sources database. Not to mention the books we have upstairs in our collection. Titles like:

So happy birthday to this engaging poet. We’ll leave you with one of his more well-known poems, “This Is Just To Say

This Is Just To Say

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

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