Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Winter 2017 by Macmillan

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falling ill last poems c k williams a capstone to an unforgettable career over the past half century the great shape-shifting poet c k williams took upon himself the poet’s task to record with candor and ardor “the burden of being alive.” in falling ill his final volume of poems he brings this task to its conclusion bearing witness to a restless mind’s encounter with the brute fact of the body’s decay the spirit’s erasure poetry farrar straus and giroux 1/3/2017 9780374152208 $23.00 $32.99 can hardcover 64 pages carton qty 52 9 in h 6 in w brit trans 1st ser audio dram fsg marketing national advertising poetry advertising campaign written with unsparing lyricism and relentless discursive logic these brave poems face unflinchingly “the dreadful edge of a precipice” where a futureless future stares back urgent unpunctuated headlong vertiginous they race against time to trace the sinuous startling twists and turns of consciousness all is coming apart taken away except the brilliant art to describe it as the end is coming all along is the reassurance of love’s close presence here are no easy resolutions false consolations like unanswered prayers they are poems of deep interrogation—a dialogue between the agonized “i” in its harrowing here-and-nowness and the elusive “you” of the beloved who flickers achingly just out of reach williams’s falling ill takes its place among the enduring works of literature about death and departure c k williams 1936–2015 published twenty-two books of poetry including flesh and blood which won the national book critics circle award repair which won the pulitzer prize in poetry and the singing winner of the national book award praise praise for selected later poems “as an artifact of [williams’s life the book is timely and essential passionately elaborating on all the major themes of williams’s oeuvre sex death and dying the loneliness of living on the earth without a present god the disjunction between psyche and society williams was known for his insistentl 4 hardcover farrar straus and giroux january 2017