RIP C.K. Williams

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The New York Times reports that poet C. K. Williams died on Sunday of this past weekend.

The poetry community now mourns a writer who used his poetry to address some critical aspects of the human experience including “war, poverty…climate change” and “mysteries of the psyche.” The winner of a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award among many other prestigious awards, Williams was 78 years old. According to the Times, the poet died at his home in New Jersey from complications related to multiple myeloma, a form of cancer that causes tumors to form in the bones and tissue of the body.

Williams’s work came to the forefront of the poetry scene in the late 1960s. He is, perhaps, best known for his long, sprawling lines, a style he developed in the 1970s.

Read more about the life and work of C.K. Williams here.