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Miller Williams (1930–2015)

Autor/a de How Does a Poem Mean?

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Miller Williams was born on April 8, 1930 in Hoxie, Arkansas. He received a bachelor's degree in biology from Arkansas State University and a master's degree in zoology at the University of Arkansas. He taught biology at several colleges before getting a job in the Louisiana State University's mostra'n més English Department in 1962. He joined the University of Arkansas' English department in 1970 and remained a professor emeritus until his death. His first collection of poetry, Et Cetera, was published in 1952. During his lifetime, he wrote over 25 collections of poetry including A Circle of Stone, Halfway from Hoxie, The Boys on Their Bony Mules, Points of Departure, The Ways We Touch: Poems, and Time and the Tilting Earth: Poems. He received the 1991 Poets' Prize for Living on the Surface and the National Arts Award for his lifelong contribution to the arts. He also worked as a translator and editor and went on to co-found the University of Arkansas Press, which he directed for two decades. He read his poem, Of History and Hope, at President Bill Clinton's second inauguration. He died after years of battling Alzheimer's disease on January 1, 2015 at the age of 84. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys
Crèdit de la imatge: David Quinn, April 20, 2007

Obres de Miller Williams

How Does a Poem Mean? (1959) 319 exemplars
Railroad: Trains and Train People in American Culture (1976) — Editor — 32 exemplars
Contemporary poetry in America (1973) 13 exemplars
Points of departure : poems (1995) 9 exemplars
A Roman Collection: Stories, Poems, and Other Good Pieces (1980) — Editor, Introduction & Contributor — 8 exemplars
Adjusting to the Light: Poems (1992) 7 exemplars
A circle of stone, poems (1970) 5 exemplars

Obres associades

The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000) — Col·laborador — 1,266 exemplars
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions925 exemplars
Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry (2003) — Col·laborador — 773 exemplars
Flannery O'Connor: A Celebration of Genius (2000) — Col·laborador — 39 exemplars
Story Hour (1963) — Pròleg — 25 exemplars
The New Great American Writers' Cookbook (2003) — Col·laborador — 21 exemplars
A Good Man: Fathers and Sons in Poetry and Prose (1993) — Col·laborador — 20 exemplars
A Portrait of Southern Writers: Photographs (2000) — Col·laborador — 13 exemplars
The Umbral Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry (1982) — Col·laborador — 8 exemplars

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Railroad is a curious collection of articles, short histories and biographies, poems, songs, first person accounts, fiction and facts about various facets of railroading (slang, explanation of signals and their meaning, bridges, etc.) whose overarching theme is perhaps best described as melancholy.

The short histories cover such things as the evolution of the idea of steam powered transport starting with the 1641 efforts of the Frenchman Solomon de Caus, the underground railroad in the United States, the wild financial exploits of Drew, Vanderbilt, Fisk, and Gould, and the labor strife of blacks and whites in the U.S. in the 19th and 20th Centuries.

The biographies provide a glimpse into the lives of Casey Jones, Kate Shelly, and Thomas Edison among others. The first-person accounts cover some of the “roads less taken”. There’s a sketch of life in a hobo camp (Charles Chrysler), a reflection on a life with a father who was a boiler maker (Otto Salassi), what it was like working in the dining cars ( Joe Monroe) and others.

The fiction runs the gamut from the grim to the almost unintelligible and this reviewer did not find any of it particularly interesting. The same is true for a lot of the cited poetry.

Overall I don’t begrudge the time spent reading but it is not a book I am likely to revisit.

(Text Length – 185 pages. Includes numerous pictures, illustrations, maps, etc.) (Book Dimensions inches LxWxH – 8.5 x .625 x 10.875).
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alco261 | Mar 8, 2023 |
At once an introduction to the art of poetry and a selection of poetry both fine and interesting. The authors attempt to penetrate the mystery that surrounds poetry with some success. One may not agree with all of their opinions but the experience of engaging with poetry under their direction yields benefits that lead to more enjoyment of poetry going forward.
 
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jwhenderson | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Mar 7, 2022 |

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