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Feb 14, 2012
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Words offered themselves and I jumped at them… I wanted to tell people, to tell ‘em off, plenty. There would be bitter pleasure in that, bitter because I instinctively knew no one much would listen. So what?
— William Carlos Williams, Autobiography (via)

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William Carlos Williams on the freedom of keeping your day job

In his Autobiography, William Carlos Williams recounts what led him to pursue medicine as a career:

No one was ever going to be in a position to tell me what to write, and you can say that again. No one, and I meant no one (for money) was ever (never) going to tell me how or what I was going to write. That was number one…

I wasn’t going to make any money by writing. Therefore I had to have a means to support myself…for I didn’t intend to die for art nor to be bedbug food for it…

It was money that finally decided me. I would continue medicine, for I was determined to be a poet; only medicine, a job I enjoyed, would make it possible for me to live and write as I wanted to. I would live: that first, and write, by God, as I wanted to if it took me all eternity to accomplish my design. My furious wish was to be normal, undrunk, balanced in everything. I would marry (but not yet!) have children and still write, in fact, therefore to write. I would not court disease, live in the slums for the sake of art, give lice a holiday. I would not “die for art,” but live for it, grimly! and work, work, work (like Pop), beat the game and be free (like Mom, poor soul!) to write, write as I alone should write…

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Sep 27, 2010
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Who shall say I am not / the happy genius of my household?
— William Carlos Williams, “Danse Russe

Nov 11, 2008
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A River of Words - a children’s book about William Carlos Williams

A River of Words - a children’s book about William Carlos Williams

Jun 11, 2008
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Jun 10, 2008
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Apr 18, 2008
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from William Carlos Williams’ “Asphodel, That Greeny Flower”

from William Carlos Williams’ “Asphodel, That Greeny Flower

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