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Facebook Update (Posted on September 17, 2020 at 04:22PM)

From the Writer’s Almanac

Today is the birthday of the man who wrote this highly-recognizable and oft-parodied poem:

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
for breakfast.

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

That’s William Carlos Williams (books by this author), born in Rutherford, New Jersey (1883). He was a doctor as well as a poet, and his poems often spoke of simple things: the objects of everyday life, or moments in the life of ordinary people. He summed up his poetic philosophy with the phrase “no ideas but in things.”

William Carlos Williams, who also wrote, “It is difficult to get the news from poems, yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.”

And, “We are blind and live our blind lives out in blindness. Poets are damned but they are not blind, they see with the eyes of angels.”

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