William Carlos Williams

1883 (Rutherford, N.J.) – 1963 (Rutherford)

The poets Pound and Doolittle (H. D.) and the painter Demuth were fellow-students with Williams, and supportive long-term friends, though Williams later suffered by association with Pound’s fascism. He spent time with Joyce in Paris, while Stevens, Moore, Duchamp, Ray and Picabia were among the New York circle he frequented on weekends away from paediatrics. West published a magazine with him. Williams mentored Creeley and Olson, while Levertov was another of the many poets he helped nurture. Ginsberg said he freed his poetic voice. Eugene O’Neill catcalled Williams and Loy for the shyness of their stage kisses