Wallace Stevens on William Carlos Williams

This is an excerpt from a letter that Stevens sent to Barbara Church in 1953:

…if the present generation likes the mobile-like arrangement of lines to be found in the work of William Carlos Williams or the verbal conglomerates of e.e. cummings, what is the next generation to like? Pretty much the bare page, for that alone would be new…

Compare now WCW’s “The Red Wheelbarrow” with a mobile by modern sculptor Alexander Calder:

so much depends

a red wheel

glazed with rain

beside the white

"Black, White and Ten Red" (1957); image from the Calder Foundation (calder.org).

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