C. K. Williams

C. K. Williams‘s books of poetry include Repair, which was awarded the 2000 Pulitzer Prize, The Singing which won the National Book Award for 2003, and Flesh and Blood, the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Prize in 1987. He was awarded the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the PEN Voelker Career Achievement Award in Poetry for 1998; a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA grants, the Berlin Prize of the American Academy in Berlin, a Lila Wallace Fellowship, the Los Angeles Book Prize, and an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Winter 1992

The Covenant

By C. K. Williams

In my unlikeliest dream, my dead are with me again, companions again, in   an ordinary way; nothing of major moment to accomplish, no stains to cleanse, no oaths or   debts […]

Winter 1992

To Listen

By C. K. Williams

In the dream of death where I listen, the voices of the dream   keep diminishing, fading away. The dead are speaking, my dead are speaking, what they say seems urgent, […]

Winter 1992

The Crime

By C. K. Williams

From A DREAM OF MIND Violence in the dream, violation of body and spirit; torment, mutilation,   butchery, debasement. At first it hardly feels real, there’s something ceremonial in it, something […]

Winter 1992

Scar

By C. K. Williams

As though the skin had been stripped and pulled back onto the skull like a stocking and solderedtoo tightly so that it mottled to yellow and ocher, the pores and […]

The Covenant

By C. K. Williams

KR joins the poetry world in mourning the passing of C. K. Williams (1936-2015). We offer this poem from our archives in memory. From The Kenyon Review, New Series, Winter […]