Jonathan Williams

Jonathan Williams

Jonathan Williams (1929–2008) was a poet, publisher and photographer from Scaly Mountain, North Carolina. As founder of the long-running poetry and arts journal, The Jargon Society, Williams published work from Charles Olson, Joel Oppenheimer and many other prominent poets of the avant-garde. Williams’s own poetry was highly unique, employing “found language” from Appalachia.

Ear In Bartram’s Tree

An Ear in Bartram’s Tree, a selection made by Jonathan Williams himself, includes 158 poems written over the ten-year period 1957-67; it was first published in hard cover by the University of North Carolina Press in 1969. Amusing, satirical and witty, Williams has yet been called “the most lyrical of young poets”––evidence of the great range of mood and style at which he excels. Also varying, from the academic all the way to the ironic, are the elaborate notes appended to the poems in this volume.…
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