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Today's poem is "On the Roof"
from Love About Love

Ausable Press

C. K. Williams, whose most recent book of poetry, Repair, won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize, as well as the Los Angeles Times, Weathertop, and Maurice English Awards, was born in Newark, New Jersey, and educated at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Lila Wallace Fellow, and twice received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. In 1987 he won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Flesh and Blood. The recipient of several awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Williams also received, in 1998, the PEN/Voelker Career Achievement Award in Poetry and the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin. He teaches at Princeton University.

About Love About Love:
In Love About Love, C. K. Williams has created a wholly new context for poems written over a lifetime. Culled from all of Williams' previous collections, the poems have been reorganized by the author, sometimes radically, into a sequence that throws startling fresh light on them. With his characteristic intensity and directness, Williams explores the many faces of his subject—passion, affection, sexuality, loneliness, jealousy, loss—in poems remarkable for their range and ingenuity. What emerges is a complex and surprising self-portrait-as-lover from earliest childhood longings to the hindsight of mature experience. Love About Love is an unsentimental and unsparing self-assessment by a poet writing at the height of his powers, a vital study of the evolution of a consciousness that is truth-telling, passionate, and profound.



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