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William Carlos Williams

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291 The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams

Reading, Short and Deep

The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams


1 Sep 2021

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S2: E19 William Carlos Williams and Lickinghole Creek Brewery

Prose and Bros

You read that right, this week the Bros explore Lickinghole Creek Brewery and do their best not to laugh. Which they fail at, many times. But in all seriousness, this week's brew is "Heir Apparent Imperial Stout" and includes all the jokes you'd expect from a beer brewed in Lickinghole Creek area. Paired with this beer is a listener request for "The Red Wheelbarrow" by William Carlos Williams. One of the most divisive poems ever covered, we'll explore Williams' minimalist style as well as what makes him "the most underappreciated poet of his generation." So join us for some delicious beer and a fascinating poem!Cheers!

1hr 8mins

16 May 2021

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Episode #123 By the Road to the Contagious Hospital - William Carlos Williams

Close Talking: A Poetry Podcast

Connor and Jack discuss the newly resonant poem "[By the road to the contagious hospital]" by the great William Carlos Williams, which is the first poem in Williams' iconic Spring and All. They explore the now-emergent "pandemic in spring" sub-genre, which this poem is surely canon. They also talk about the poem's modernist context, its grounded attention to detail and nature, and its striking first line.[By the road to the contagious hospital]By: William Carlos WilliamsBy the road to the contagious hospitalunder the surge of the bluemottled clouds driven from thenortheast-a cold wind. Beyond, thewaste of broad, muddy fieldsbrown with dried weeds, standing and fallenpatches of standing waterthe scattering of tall treesAll along the road the reddishpurplish, forked, upstanding, twiggystuff of bushes and small treeswith dead, brown leaves under themleafless vines—Lifeless in appearance, sluggishdazed spring approaches—They enter the new world naked,cold, uncertain of allsave that they enter. All about themthe cold, familiar wind—Now the grass, tomorrowthe stiff curl of wildcarrot leafOne by one objects are defined—It quickens: clarity, outline of leafBut now the stark dignity ofentrance—Still, the profound changehas come upon them: rooted, theygrip down and begin to awakenFind us at our website: www.closetalking.com/Find us on Facebook at: facebook.com/closetalking
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10 Apr 2021

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William Carlos Williams

Versify - Poetry and English Literature

A sampling of poems by the acclaimed US poet-physician William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) are tackled by the bungling co-hosts.

1hr 43mins

11 Nov 2020

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Commentary and analysis of "The Use of Force" by William Carlos Williams

Word with Bowne, or That Dude who Teaches English

Walter Bowne discusses power and submission and the educated class and the working class in this powerful short story that still resonates today. 


10 Oct 2020

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Beetroot, Ep. 10: Homecoming with Baz Lurhmann and William Carlos Williams

Slim Radio

This week, two is loneliest number. It's just Lottie Walker and Marta Mcilduff in the studio this week, we took the time to celebrate our homecoming and Beetroot’s new beginning. Marta brought along Baz Lurhmanns philosophical yet charming “Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen”, a manifesto for the graduating class of 1997 and for every graduate thereafter. Lottie brought William Carlos Williams’ “Spring and All”, New Jerseys answer to the second coming and a beautiful portrait of springtimes awakening.


22 Sep 2020

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“The Open Window” by Saki and “The Use of Force” by William Carlos Williams

Fast Asleep

26 - Clever females and incredible endings await you.


11 Aug 2020

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Begin to Awaken: A discussion of “By the road to the contagious hospital” by William Carlos Williams

Poem Talk

Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Imaad Majeed, Gabriel Ojeda-Sagué, and Irene Torra Mohedano.


24 Apr 2020

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Stevie Smith and William Carlos Williams

Frank Skinner's Poetry Podcast

Frank Skinner delves into Stevie Smith's 'Not Waving But Drowning', and William Carlos Williams' 'Dance Russe'. There will be no guests, just Frank exploring different poems every week.


20 Apr 2020

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No Ideas But In Things : The Poetry Of William Carlos Williams

Cast Iron Productions

William Carlos Williams is known as a revolutionary figure in poetry but, in comparison to his friend Ezra Pound and American writers including TS Eliot and Gertrude Stein, who sought a more exciting environment for creativity in Europe, Williams lived a strikingly conventional life.Produced for BBC Radio 4


20 Sep 2019