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In Response to William Carlos Williams

August 9, 2011

I like William Carlos Williams’s spare style of poetry, and his talk of everyday things — but talking of everyday things in not an everyday way. Instead, in a way to elevate them. The Poetry Foundation has a detailed and lengthy biography of WCW, and a list of 97 of his poems. Two of his poems in particular I remember since I learned them in school: “The Red Wheelbarrow” and “This Is Just To Say.”

Now I have a response to these two poems. Not that William Carlos Williams called out expecting a response. But nevertheless, here goes…

Reply for “The Red Wheelbarrow”:
The Red Wheelbarrow Has Moved

the white chickens
the red

the rain
has dried

also, they
needed to
make room
and orange
and a

Reply for “This is Just to Say”:
Revenge for the Plums

since you
my sweet
cold delicious
in the icebox,

I picked
fresh ripe
and was
about to eat
all of them
a grasshopper
suggested that
I save
three for

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 9, 2011 11:47 am

    I quite enjoyed your responses.

  2. August 9, 2011 12:42 pm

    Great post today! I really enjoyed reading it. Poetry and creative writing is something we all can enjoy. Thanks again for writing this.

  3. August 11, 2011 11:45 am

    Very clever!

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