Southeast's Williams poem published

Monday, August 27, 2007

Southeast Missouri State University's manuscript by prize-winning poet William Carlos Williams is no longer unpublished.

This summer the respected international literary journal The Paris Review included a copy of the poem, "About a Little Girl," in its summer edition.

The poem has been under the stewardship of Southeast since March, when it was donated by Michael and Carl Lund. Williams wrote the poem for their mother, Marian, who was treated by Williams (he was also a physician) for leukemia when she was a child.

Williams' estate controls the publication rights to the manuscript, while Southeast controls the rights to the physical property. The two worked together to have the poem published for its first time in The Paris Review, said Dr. Robert Hamblin, director of the university's Center for Faulkner Studies, which takes care of the university's rare book collection.

Hamblin calls the work "a very significant poem by a major poet."

Southeast has plans to publish the poem in book form later this year, with an introduction by Michael Lund.

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