September 17 Birthday: A RIVER OF WORDS: THE STORY OF WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS

William Carlos Williams, poet
b. September 17, 1883
d. March 4, 1963

A RIVER OF WORDS: THE STORY OF WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS (Eerdmans, 2008)

by Jen Bryant
 illustrated by Melissa Sweet

When he wrote poems, he felt as free as the Passaic River as it rushed
to the falls. Willie’s notebooks filled up, one after another. Willie’s
words gave him freedom and peace, but he also knew he needed to earn a
living. So he went off to medical school and became a doctor — one of
the busiest men in town! Yet he never stopped writing poetry. In this
picture book biography of William Carlos Williams, Jen Bryant’s engaging
prose and Melissa Sweet’s stunning mixed-media illustrations celebrate
the amazing man who found a way to earn a living and to honor his
calling to be a poet.

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