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William Carlos Williams

Reading his Poems

voz del Autor
CAEDMON TC 1047
1958


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Título
     The Descent    texto
     To Daphne and Virginia   
     The Orchestra   
     For Eleanor and Bill Monahan   
     The Yellow Flower   
     The Host   
     Work in Progress, section   
     The Botichellian Trees   
     Flowers by the Sea    texto
     The Yachts   
     The Catholic Bells   
     Smell!   
     Fish   
     Primrose   
     To Elsie   
     Between Walls   
     On Gay Wallpaper   
     The Red Lilly   


William Carlos Williams
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Flowers by the Sea



When over the flowery, sharp pasture’s
edge, unseen, the salt ocean

lifts its form—chicory and daisies
tied, released, seem hardly flowers alone

but color and the movement—or the shape
perhaps—of restlessness, whereas

the sea is circled and sways
peacefully upon its plantlike stem



The Descent



The descent beckons
.............as the ascent beckoned.
.............................Memory is a kind
of accomplishment,
.............a sort of renewal
............................ even
an initiation, since the spaces it opens are new places .............inhabited by hordes
.............................heretofore unrealized,
of new kinds --
.............since their movements
........... are toward new objectives
(even though formerly they were abandoned).
No defeat is made up entirely of defeat -- since
the world it opens is always a place
................formerly
............................unsuspected. A
world lost,
................a world unsuspected,
............................beckons to new places
and no whiteness (lost) is so white as the memory
of whiteness.. .
With evening, love wakens
though its shadows
..........................which are alive by reason
of the sun shining --
.............grow sleepy now and drop away
.....from desire........
Love without shadows stirs now
...............beginning to awaken
...........................as night
advances.
The descent
...............made up of despairs
............................and without accomplishment
realizes a new awakening:
...........................which is a reversal
of despair.
.............. For what we cannot accomplish, what
is denied to love,
...............what we have lost in the anticipation --
............................a descent follows,
endless and indestructible..............