Williams’ small, mighty poem

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.

Poetry DNA version:

Includes original audio of the poem:

Used by permission of New Directions Publishers Corp.

Photo: Lola, a beloved small, mighty North Carolina cat, finds a fresh sitting spot.

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