C. K. Williams Poems

C.K. Williams was an American poet born in 1936. He has been described as one of the most influential undistinguished poets of his generation. He published several collections of poems, translations, and more. His poetic lines are characteristically long and have been described as prose-like.


by C. K. Williams

‘Blades’ uncovers the impact of a racially charged childhood experience, delving into a child’s fears, and guilt bewilderment.  

C.K. Williams was a well-known American poet who released a number of poetry volumes in addition to a dynamic career as a poet, translator, and essayist. His writings are distinguished by a particular lyrical style and thoughtful musings, earning him a Pulitzer Prize for poetry. His 'Blades' follows in the footsteps of his literary style, which includes a conversational tone, social involvement, identification, and self-reflection, and has earned him worldwide acclaim and respect.

When I was about eight, I once stabbed somebody, another kid, a little girl.

I’d been hanging around in front of the supermarket near our house

and when she walked by, I let her have it, right in the gap between her shirt

From My Window

by C. K. Williams

‘From My Window’ by C.K. Williams is a memorable poem about human suffering. It contrasts the difficulties two homeless men face with the speaker’s relative safety behind the glass of his window. 

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