Review: COLLECTED POEMS by C. K. Williams

False Consolations

by Dan Chiasson for NY Times Books (Dec. 24, 2006)

“C. K. Williams’s poems are broad in scale and narrow in scope. He has been misunderstood as an entirely “social” poet, but his real subject is the mind that attempts, never entirely successfully, to ward off the social world that bombards it from every side. His lines, longer than those written by any other significant English-language poet, suggest a big, Whitman-like appetite for worldly variety. This is not simply the case.”

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