“The poem springs from the half-spoken words of such patients as the physician sees from day to day.”
Words, once written by a local Rutherford doctor, an innovator in American poetry – Dr. William Carlos Williams. The poetry of Williams is hard to separate from his work as a doctor. Williams often wrote on the back of prescription pads while tending to patients, a clear representation of the degree to which his clinical practice and artistry were intertwined.
On this episode of Carpe Diem, host Krystal Acosta, sits down with Dr. Neil Baldwin, an acclaimed cultural historian, literary critic, biographer and a Theatre and Dance Department Professor here at Montclair State. His biography, “To All Gentleness: William Carlos Williams, The Doctor-Poet”, chronicles the life of the New Jersey poet who wrote poetry with a doctor’s eye and practiced medicine with the compassion of a poet.
Carpe Diem had the chance to attend a wonderful event at the Meadowlands Museum that honored the life of the Doctor Poet and the babies he helped deliver along the way.
This episode was hosted by series producer, Krystal Acosta and directed by TVDM major, Amanda Martinez.
Barring pre-emption, CARPE DIEM airs on the following stations:
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