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William Carlos Williams eats plums

Ines Sainz
(Markus Botzek/zefa/Corbis)

A little meditation on plums this morning. It's the 127th anniversary of William Carlos Williams's birthday. His sparse poetry inspired the Beats and won him a Pulitzer Prize. The following poem was originally a note to his wife.

(I know, I know. This is supposed to be music in the morning. I added a pretty song at the end to make up for the poetry break.)

This Is Just To Say

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold.

Now here's some music. "Heart It Races" by Architecture in Helsinki:

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I wish his wife had become noted for an even sparser retort.


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