September 17, 2012
William Carlos Williams

Today is the birthday of poet William Carlos Williams, born in Rutherford, New Jersey in 1883.

He was a practicing doctor and a poet.

His poems are known for their simplicity, in that the subjects are often objects and moments of the everyday lives of everyday people.

His phrase - “no ideas but in things” - is one way to briefly explain his poetic philosophy.

The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams, Vol. 1: 1909-1939
and Vol. 2: 1939-1962

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