Poets Walk: "of asphodel"
Location on Poets Walk Map: Band J
Of Asphodel by William Carlos Williams
Of asphodel, that greeny flower,
I come, my sweet,
to sing to you!
My heart rouses
thinking to bring you news
that concerns you
and concerns many men. Look at
what passes for the new.
You will not find it there but in
It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
of what is found there.
Hear me out
for I too am concerned
and every man
who wants to die at peace in his bed
For the recording: This recording was originally compiled and published from Keele University, England, by Dr. Richard Swigg in 1992 and 1993. PennSound gratefully acknowledges the scholarship and editing of Dr. Swigg in making this Williams sound archive available. The recording of "Of Asphodel" was made from a reading at William's home in Rutherford, NJ on June 6, 1954. These sound recordings are being made available for noncommercial and educational use only. © 2006 by the estates of William Eric Williams and Paul H. Williams. Used by permission of the heirs of William Carlos Williams and New Directions Publishing Corp., agent for the heirs. Distributed by PennSound. For more recordings of William Carlos Williams, see http://writing.upenn.edu/pennsound/x/Williams-WC.php.