Jonathan Williams Critical Essays

Introduction

Williams, Jonathan 1929–

Williams is an American poet and editor. Though often associated with the Black Mountain School and the beat poets, he feels his work is written "for those who long for the saving grace of language." A self-proclaimed ecologist of the word, he is admired for his sensitive chronicling of a rapidly changing language. His poetry mingles elements of word play with pieces of overheard dialogue, the rhythms and structures of music with the cadence of common speech. (See also Contemporary Authors, Vols. 9-12, rev. ed.)