The Grave of William Carlos Williams

I wonder how many people have walked past William Carlos Williams‘ grave without knowing he was one of America’s greatest poets. Since it was a pretty hot morning, I was first attracted to the shade of the giant oak tree which guards his remains only to discover I was standing next to his stone.

Williams is one of my favorite poets. I love his imagist work. I read aloud The Red Wheelbarrow from memory. (Don’t be impressed. It’s only 16 words.) And was nearly able to pull This Is Just To Say from my head but instead pulled out my phone to make sure I got it exactly right.

Another reason I feel an affinity to Williams is because he had a day job too. He was the Chief of Pediatrics at Passaic General Hospital for nearly forty years. And it’s no coincidence that he’s buried just half an hour’s drive from Ginsberg’s grave. Williams mentored Ginsberg and wrote the introduction to Howl and Other Poems.

Hillside Cemetery has a lovely view of the Manhattan skyline. I imagine it’s quite spectacular at night but couldn’t stay. There are more poetic graves yet to be visited.

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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19 Responses to The Grave of William Carlos Williams

  1. Another poetic pairing I knew nothing about. Thank you for making these great connections. My Eng prof at U of AK was nuts about Williams. I wasn’t really paying attention to poetry then though.

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  2. Bartholomew, thank you for sharing, I appreciate learning about William Carlos Williams and his poems. Your thoughts always enlighten me too!! πŸ’–πŸ™

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  3. Ian Williams says:

    Sad to think how many of those people who walked past his grave there have been… I don’t even want to know the actual number haha…

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  4. Cassa Bassa says:

    A literary rich testing place it seems.

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  5. berniebell1955 says:
  6. Pingback: The Grave of Emily Dickinson | Bartholomew Barker, Poet

  7. Thank you for such an interesting post!

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