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William Marr


after thinking the matter over
the apple gracefully let itself
it landed right on the head
of Mr. Newton
dozing under the tree

From Chicago Serenade (Cultural Institute of Solenzara, Paris, 2015).
Used here with the author's permission.


William Marr came to America from Taiwan in 1961. After receiving a master's degree in mechanical engineering and a PhD degree in nuclear engineering, he worked at Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago for 27 years before his early retirement in 1996 to devote his full time and energy to his true passions — poetry and art. A former president of the Illinois State Poetry Society, William has published two books of essays, several books of poetry translations, and 23 volumes of poetry (Autumn Window and Between Heaven and Earth are in English; the rest are in Chinese. Chicago Serenade is a trilingual (Chinese/English/French) anthology of poems published in Paris in 2015.) His poems are included in more than one hundred anthologies, ranging from high school and college literary textbooks to special collections, and have been translated into more than ten languages. In recent years, William has also pursued other artistic interests, including painting and sculpting.  Learn more about him here.



Post New Comment:
Sharon Waller Knutson:
How adorable. Delightful poem adults and children alike can enjoy
Posted 01/04/2019 06:25 PM
We all can use a bit of 'let go!
Posted 01/04/2019 02:04 PM
A simple but powerful image on the effects of letting go ... one that I will remember. FUN! Thanks, Bill.
Posted 01/04/2019 09:42 AM
A simple act of letting go!
Posted 01/04/2019 08:35 AM

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