AUTUMN WINDOW by William Marr, Arbor Hill Press,
1st Edition, 1995; 2nd Edition, 1996
2nd ed. 1996
List price: US $10.50
accents and nuances
-- from Gwendolyn Brooks' letter to the author
William Marr restores life into modern poetry with an insightful multi-cultural perspective carried from his Chinese-American heritage and scientific background. His observations are sure to evoke contemplation and emotion from his readers.
-- Chicago Tribune, February 25, 1996
William Marr's poetry fuses William Carlos Williams and classical Chinese poetic heritage, but adds something fresh and philosophical: a fragrance of deep images beyond Imagistic poetry and the style of objective presentation in Chinese poetry. His poetry, terse and strong with a pure, unique voice, is a light that flashes surprising delights, a "momentary stay against confusion" in our modern, industrial civilization. Each poem in Autumn Window is a song to the soul and shows Marr's wisdom and humanity. That's why I have chosen Autumn Window as a textbook for my creative writing workshop at MVSU.
-- Prof. J. Zheng (Mississippi, USA)
-- Downers Grove Reporter, February 16, 1996
Sometimes what is simple is most profound. That is true of the writings of Downers Grove resident William Marr, an engineer retired from Argonne National Laboratory and internationally known poet and translator.
-- West Suburban Living, Jan/Feb 1999
Collectible Chicago poets, one finds, start with Eugene Field, Carl Sandburg, Edgar Lee Masters, Harriet Monroe, Gwendolyn Brooks, Ana Castillo, David Hernandez, Li-Young Lee, William Wei-Yi Marr, and a raft of more recent poets that includes homeless ones published by StreetWise, "the newspaper sold by and for the homeless of Chicago."....
Two of the most famous recent Chicago poets are both Chinese-Americans. Li-Young Lee has won a fortune in poetry awards as well as an extraordinary international reputation for such books as Rose and the city in which I love you. William Wei-Yi Marr has written principally in Chinese and is popular in China, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia. He has a volume in English, Autumn Window.
-- Kenan Heise
Collecting Chicago Poetry
AB Bookman's Weekly, March 2005