American Poetry, Poetry

Between Walls – William Carlos Williams

A pediatric doctor by training, Puerto Rican-American poet William Carlos Williams advanced his poetry by scribbling lines and ideas onto the notebooks of his medical profession. What grew out of this practice was a way of writing that was strikingly humane and attuned to the American vernacular. Between Walls is a simple poem that almost rings like a haiku and captures the energy and observes the poetry of a disregarded space, loaded with nothingness. William Carlos Williams’ work was a great influence on the Beat poets.

 

Between Walls

the back wings
of the
hospital where
nothing
will grow lie
cinders
in which shine
the broken
pieces of a green
bottle

William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)
From – The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams Vol 2: 1939-1962

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