Articles Tagged with: William Carlos Williams
Eve Arnold | William Carlos Williams

The better work men do is always done under stress and at great personal cost.

— William Carlos Williams

NEW JERSEY—Poet William Carlos Williams, 1957. © Eve Arnold / Magnum Photos

NEW JERSEY—Poet William Carlos Williams, 1957. © Eve Arnold / Magnum Photos

A studio session … provides the greatest chance for control. [But] even though there is total freedom, I still dislike studio photography and the contrived images that usually stem from this genre.

– Eve Arnold, Great Images of the 20th Century

You remember I had a strong inclination all my life to be a painter. Under different circumstances I would rather have been a painter than to bother with these god-damn words. I never actually thought of myself as a poet but I knew I had to be an artist in some way.

— William Carlos Williams


William Carlos Williams | This Is Just To Say

This Is Just To Say

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

-William Carlos Williams

Two interesting portraits of Williams to contrast, only three years apart, both for Life Magazine.

William Carlos Williams, Nov 01, 1954 by Lisa Larsen © Time / Life

William Carlos Williams, Nov 01, 1954 by Lisa Larsen © Time / Life

Williams Carlos Williams, 1951 in Rutherford, NJ by Alfred Eisenstaedt © Life

Williams Carlos Williams, 1951 in Rutherford, NJ by Alfred Eisenstaedt © Life


Richard Avedon | Ezra Pound
Ezra Pound at William Carlos Williams' house in 1958 by Richard Avedon

Ezra Pound at William Carlos Williams' house in 1958 by Richard Avedon

Either move or be moved.

-Ezra Pound

Ezra Pound, 1945 mug shot

Ezra Pound, 1945 mug shot

And New York is the most beautiful city in the world? It is not far from it. No urban night is like the night there… Squares after squares of flame, set up and cut into the aether. Here is our poetry, for we have pulled down the stars to our will.

-Ezra Pound

Ezra Pound, Easter 1971,  Burano, Italy by Franz Larese

Ezra Pound, Easter 1971, Burano, Italy by Franz Larese

Nothing written for pay is worth printing. Only what has been written against the market.

-Ezra Pound


The Hamptons | The End of Summer

Labor Day weekend in The Hamptons.

Tim, Amagansett; Leica M6 TTL, 35mm summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Tim, Amagansett; Leica M6 TTL, 35mm summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.

-Sam Keen

Cullen, Amagansett; Leica M6 TTL, 35mm summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Cullen, Amagansett; Leica M6 TTL, 35mm summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Till Summer folds her miracle-
As Women-do-their Gown-
Or Priests-adjust the Symbols-
When Sacrament-is done-

-Emily Dickinson

Ellie and Aubrey, Amagansett, Leica M6 TTL, 35mm summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Ella and Aubrey, Amagansett, Leica M6 TTL, 35mm summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

In summer, the song sings itself.

-William Carlos Williams