C.K. Williams Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

CRITICISM

Dickerson, Debra. “The Parent Trap.” Washington Post Book World (23 July 2000): 6.

Dickerson discusses Williams's recollection of his parents and upbringing in Misgivings.

Gunderson, Elizabeth. Review of Selected Poems, by C. K. Williams. Booklist (1 October 1994): 232.

Gunderson offers a positive assessment of Selected Poems, calling the work a “complete and thoughtful collection.”

Kirby, David. Review of Misgivings: My Mother, My Father, Myself, by C. K. Williams. Library Journal (1 March 2000): 92.

Kirby offers a positive assessment of Misgivings.

Kizer, Carolyn. “Poetry.” Washington Post Book World (9 October 1983): 8.

In this positive review of Tar, Kizer focuses on the poem “Combat” to illustrate the “splendor” of Williams's style and authentic American voice.

Logan, William. “Angels, Voyeurs, and Cooks.” New York Times Book Review (15 November 1992): 15.

Logan offers a mixed assessment of A Dream of Mind.

McKee, Louis. Review of A Dream of Mind, by C. K. Williams. Library Journal (1 May 1992): 86.

McKee offers a positive assessment of A Dream of Mind, and calls Williams “one of the few truly original voices of this generation.”

Muratori, Fred. Review of Love about Love, by C. K. Williams. Library Journal (1 January 2001): 112.

Muratori offers a mixed assessment of Love about Love, comparing Williams's poetry to the confessional poets of the 1960s.

Olson, Ray. Review of The Vigil, by C. K. Williams. Booklist (1 December 1996): 640.

Olson offers a positive assessment of The Vigil.

Ratner, Rochelle. Review of Repair, by C. K. Williams. Library Journal (1 June 1999): 120.

Ratner offers a brief positive assessment of Repair, and states that the short-lined poems in the collection may be “his finest works to date.”

“Sentiment without Sentimentality.” Economist (6 September 1997): 19.

The critic offers a positive assessment of The Vigil.

“Whose Voice Is It Anyway?” Economist (18 March 2000): 14.

The critic offers a positive assessment of Repair.

Williamson, Alan. “Poems Including Politics.” American Poetry Review 23, No. 3 (May–June 1994): 17–20.

Williamson discusses problematic aspects of American protest poetry and presents Williams's poem “Tar” as an exemplar of the genre for its evocation of personal and political experience.

Woods, Frances. Review of A Dream of Mind, by C. K. Williams. Booklist (15 June 1992): 1803.

Woods offers a positive evaluation of A Dream of Mind.

Additional coverage of Williams's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Contemporary Authors, Vols. 37–40R; Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series, Vol. 26; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vol. 57; Contemporary Poets; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 5; DISCovering Authors Module: Poets; and Literature Resource Center.