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William Carlos Williams - The Defective Record

Cut the bank for the fill.
Dump sand
pumped out of the river
into the old swale

killing whatever was
there before—including
even the muskrats. Who did it?
There's the guy.

Him in the blue shirt and
turquoise skullcap.
Level it down
for him to build a house

on to build a
house on to build a house on
to build a house
on to build a house on to . . .

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Poet: William Carlos Williams
Poem: The Defective Record
Volume: The Complete Collected Poems 1906-1938
Year: Published/Written in 1938
Poem of the Day: Jul 3 2008

Comment 3 of 3, added on December 4th, 2005 at 7:38 PM.

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Comment 2 of 3, added on February 24th, 2006 at 1:00 PM.

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Comment 1 of 3, added on January 4th, 2006 at 2:39 PM.

I have no comment. it's a peom about a guy they plowed down some ground and built some apartments, nothing exciting about it.

wade from United States

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