Excerpt Wednesday – The Sound of Waves – Williams

ASoundofWaves_WCWThis post was meant to be an Excerpt Tuesday, but yesterday became unexpectedly busy and so here we are today! This will be my last William Carlos Williams collage in the series kicking off 2016. I’ve really enjoyed exploring his work through collage – thank you all for joining me! If you’d like to see my other two WCW collages click here and here. One commenter noted on my first WCW collage that Dr. Williams used to write lines for poems on prescription pads and that is an image that I love. In my research into Dr. Williams, I found a wonderful archive of his poetry readings – free and available to the public. If you would like to hear Dr. Williams reading dozens of his own poems, I encourage you to visit the UPenn Sound Archive WCW page. The poem today is “The Sound of Waves” by William Carlos Williams (click the Read More button or scroll down to read the whole poem), mixed media collage and composition by me. Have a wonderful Wednesday!














  1. Love it! This poem reminds me of the widows walks on top of captains’ houses on the East Coast. It’s interesting that you’ve chosen an image of an old time radio and cloaked woman. Very interesting. Couple this with David Bowie’s passing, and I must ask the question: What is the end that you envision? Guess I’m feeling fairly mortal today. Are you?

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    1. Thank you! Growing up on the west coast, I had to look up what a “window’s walk” was the first time I heard term – but WCW was an east coast native and big fan of drawing inspiration from his locality, so I don’t think it was an accident you made that association! I am definitely feeling mortal – with Alan Rickman dying too – it puts one in a mortal mood. My grandmother is a firm believer in the maxim that “celebrities die in threes” and when she is “right” it is always depressing. I don’t know what end I envision – I would probably go with a couplet rather than a quatrain, if pressed 😉

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