Paterson (Revised Edition) (New Directions Paperback) by William Carlos Williams

By William Carlos Williams

Lengthy well-known as a masterpiece of contemporary American poetry, WIlliam Carlos Williams' Paterson is one man's testomony and imaginative and prescient, "a humanist manifesto enacted in 5 books, a grammar to assist us life" (Denis Donoghue).

Paterson is either a place—the New Jersey urban in whom the individual (the poet's personal lifestyles) and the general public (the background of the zone) are mixed. initially 4 books (published separately among 1946 and 1951), the constitution of Paterson (in Dr. Williams' phrases) "follows the process the Passaic River" from above the nice falls to its front into the ocean. The unforeseen e-book 5, released in 1958, affirms the victorious lifetime of the mind's eye, despite age and demise. This revised version has been meticulously re-edited through Christopher MacGowan, who has provided a wealth of notes and explanatory fabric.

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35 Fiction ' Once, early in the morning towards the end of winter,' my father con­ tinued, 'after many months of absence, I entered such a forgotten passage, and I was amazed at the appearance of the rooms. 'From all the crevices in the floor, from all the mouldings, from every recess, there grew slim shoots filling the grey air with a scintillating filigree lace of leaves: a hothouse jungle, full of whispers and flickering lights a false and blissful spring. Around the bed, under the lamp, along the wardrobes, grew clumps of delicate trees which, high above, spread their luminous crowns and fountains of lacy leaves, spraying chlorophyll, and thrusting up to the painted heaven of the ceiling.

On her head, she wore enormous antlers. In the stillness of the cabin, the face stretched between the antlers at the ceiling, slowly lifted its eyelids: on the half-opened lips a bubble of saliva would glint, then burst with the softest of whispers. Octopuses, tortoises, and enormous crabs, hanging from the rafters in place of chandeliers, moving their legs endlessly in that stillness, walking, walking, walking without moving . ' My father's face suddenly assumed a worried, sad expression when his thoughts, stirred by who knows what associations, prompted him to new examples: 'Am I to conceal from you,' he said in a low tone, 'that my own brother, as a result of a long and incurable illness, has been gradually transformed into a bundle of rubber tubing, and that my poor cousin had to carry him day and night on his cushion, singing to the luckless creature endless lullabies on winter nights?

Do you understand the terrible sadism, the exhila­ rating, demiurgical cruelty of that laughter? Yet we should weep, ladies, at our own fate, when we see that misery of violated matter, against which a terrible wrong has been committed. Hence the frightening sadness of all those jesting golems, of all effigies which brood tragically over their comic grimaces. 'Look at the anarchist Luccheni, the murderer of the Empress Elizabeth of Austria; look at Draga, the diabolical and unhappy Queen of Serbia; look 33 Fiction at that youth of genius, the hope and pride of his ancient family, ruined by the unfortunate habit of masturbation.

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