Julia Williams


Julia Williams grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and studied comparative literature at Smith, where she also served proudly as an intern at the Poetry Center. She counts among her personal heroes Julia Child, Audre Lorde, and Mrs. Emma Peel.



Julia Williams '07


The Stone Poem

The field is no place without the stone that sits there;
the stone brings a road sign, for the set of runes carved in it,
a history for the field to consider or forget its part in
as it grows up avidly around its tenant. 

The ball of stone, like twine coiled neatly in itself
sits closed, unasking; will not demand a looking-on,
will not demand a thing at all—love, a meaning,
the swift graffiti of opinion; does not diminish

as grasses rise and small cars pass unseeing.