Tuesday, May 15, 2012

News at Eleven: A recent New Directions collection of his translations

of Spanish poetry, By Word of Mouth: Poems from the Spanish, is (besides being a book of wonderful poems) a reminder that [William Carlos] Williams's call for "American speech" in American poetry wasn't mere United States-ian nationalism. It was a vision of poetry that encompassed the entire New World. As Octavio Paz wrote, "whether he speaks Spanish, English, Portuguese, or French, American man speaks a language different from the European original." Williams realized this more than any of the other great American modernists.

from Bookslut: "One by one I proclaim your songs": The Poetry and Translations of William Carlos Williams


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