William Carlos Williams’s “The Red Wheelbarrow,” that model of brevity, offers a potent image that belies the poem’s length.
One might think “The Red Wheelbarrow” would lend itself to a more rustic musical setting (stringband, maybe?), but the piano figure drawn, DNA-style, from Williams’s voice seemed to fit with some congas, shakers and a vaguely reggae-tinged guitar rhythm.
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