Happy Birthday, William Carlos Williams

WC_WilliamsOn September 17, 1883, William Carlos Williams was born in Rutherford, New Jersey. He began writing poetry while a student at Horace Mann High School, at which time he made the decision to become both a writer and a doctor. He received his MD from the University of Pennsylvania, where he met and befriended Ezra Pound.

Pound became a great influence on his writing, and in 1913 arranged for the London publication of Williams’s second collection, The Tempers. Returning to Rutherford, where he sustained his medical practice throughout his life, Williams began publishing in small magazines and embarked on a prolific career as a poet, novelist, essayist, and playwright.

The Red Wheelbarrow

by William Carlos Williams, 1883 – 1963

so much depends

upon

a red wheel

barrow

glazed with rain

water

beside the white

chickens.

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