“Drawn from a life’s passage, Orphan Hours is Stanley Plumly’s masterpiece.” —poet David St. John

“Williams’s poems enter the brain with such force and velocity, you don’t so much read as ride them.”— Booklist


From Haste

Unbuckle your spurs life don’t you know up ahead
where the road ends there’s
an abyss?

From WRITERS WRITING DYING © 2012 by C.K. Williams, published by Farrar Straus and Giroux. Used with permission.



From Glenn Gould

This was the fall, October, when Ohio, 
like almost every other part of the country,
is beginning to be mortally beautiful,
the great old hardwoods letting go
their various scarlet, yellow,
and leopard-spotted leaves one by one.

From ORPHAN HOURS © 2012 by Stanley Plumly, published by W.W. Norton & Company. Used with permission.