Through the route of the dog, I examine the limits and reach of what I call Williams's “poetic ethnography.” In disavowing any cherished humanism, William Carlos Williams writes his long poem Paterson. In acknowledging the obscenity of his twentieth-century world and a brutal history that he knew to be particular to America, he sought a practical and embodied method of writing that did not entail dominance and instead skirted intelligibility.
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Colin Dayan; The Dog in the Poem: On Williams's Paterson. boundary 2 1 August 2017; 44 (3): 59–72. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/01903659-3898106
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