William Carlos Williams Quotes

no little brass rollers and small easy wheels on the bottom— my townspeople what are you thinking of! A rough plain hearse then with gilt wheels and no top at all.
William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), U.S. poet. Tract (l. 28-32). . . The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams; Vol. 1, 1909-1939. A. Walton Litz and Christopher MacGowan, eds. (1986) New Directions.
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You know what? Poets are being pursued by the philosophers today out of the poverty of philosophy. God damn it, you might think a man had no business to be writing, to be a poet unless some philosophic stinker gave him permission.
William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), U.S. poet. Letter, January 14, 1944, to James Laughlin. William Carlos Williams and James LaughlinSelected letters, ed. H. Witemeyer (1989).
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Compose. (No ideas but in things) Invent! Saxifrage is my flower that splits the rocks.
William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), U.S. poet. A Sort of a Song (l. 9-12). . . The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams; Vol. 2, 1909-1939. A. Walton Litz and Christopher MacGowan, eds. (1986) New Directions.
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the cat climbed over the top of the jamcloset
William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), U.S. poet. As the cat (l. 1-4). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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