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Re: William Carlos Williams : At the still point

From:

Nancy Gish <[log in to unmask]>

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T. S. Eliot Discussion forum.

Date:

Wed, 29 Aug 2007 20:50:00 -0400

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I did not write any of Williams's poem. If only---
Nancy

>>> Kate Troy <[log in to unmask]> 08/29/07 6:38 PM >>>
 
 

In a message dated 8/29/2007 2:53:02 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
[log in to unmask] writes:

his substance hard
as ivory or glass --
through which the wind
yet plays --
milkless

he nods
the hair between his horns
and eyes matted
with hyacinthine curls

~ William Carlos Williams



Carlos is always so sexual. I forget now the person he said this to,
but
to paraphrase, he said that he felt sexual all of the time.
 
"When I first heard him, I thought it was plain speech, " Allen
Ginsberg
remarked on William Carlos Williams. "I asked him, do you see your self
as a
doctor or poet? He said doctor." Then, "I saw him read in New York City"

 
which brings us to the movie, Field of Dreams. There was the character
in
the movie of an old doctor, an old doctor who as a young man played
baseball,
went as far as the miner leagues, and was brought up to the majors one
time
for the last game of the year. He has one chance and he blew it. He
was
sent back down to the miners and then quit baseball altogether and went
on to
medical school to become a doctor. Of course, in the movie, he gets to
become
young again and to play baseball in the field of dreams with Shoeless
Joe and
some other great players. He gets his chance at bat, but a young girl
watching begins to choke and he has to leave the field and become the
old doctor
again to save Kevin Costner's daughter and once one leaves the field,
one
can't go back. Costener begins to apologize but the doctor stops him,
saying that
the minute at bat he was granted was sufficient, that if he had only
had a
minute at being a doctor, then that would have been a tragedy.
 
 



 
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