It seems clear that Williams is the twentieth-century poet who has done most to influence our very conception of what poetry should do, and how much it does not need to do.

The New York Review of Books

The centennial edition of William Carlos Williams’s early ground-breaking volume, containing some of his best-loved poems

Al Que Quiere!

Poetry by William Carlos Williams

Edited by Jonathan Cohen

Published in 1917 by The Four Seas Company, Al Que Quiere! was William Carlos Williams’s breakthrough book and contains some of his best-loved poems (“Tract,” “Apology,” “El Hombre,” “Danse Russe,” “Smell!, ”January Morning”), as well as a Whitmanesque concluding long poem, “The Wanderer,” that anticipates his epic masterpiece Paterson. Al Que Quiere! is the culmination of an experimental period for Williams that included his translations from Spanish. The Spanish epigraph of Al Que Quiere! is from the short story “El hombre que parecía un caballo” (“The Man Who Resembled a Horse”), by the Guatemalan author Rafael Arévalo Martínez. This centennial edition contains Williams’s translation of the story, as well as his commentary from a book of conversations, I Wanted to Write a Poem, on the individual poems of Al Que Quiere!

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Paperback (published October 31, 2017)

ISBN
9780811226660
Price US
14.95
Trim Size
5.1875x8
Page Count
128

Ebook (published October 31, 2017)

ISBN
9780811226677

William Carlos Williams

One of the greatest poets of the 20th Century, William Carlos Williams is “The cornerstone of New Directions”

It seems clear that Williams is the twentieth-century poet who has done most to influence our very conception of what poetry should do, and how much it does not need to do.

The New York Review of Books

For all his roughness there remains with me the conviction that there is nothing meaningless in his book, not a line…

—Ezra Pound