Alive: New and Selected Poems

American poet Elizabeth Willis has written an electrifying body of work spanning than twenty years With a wild and inquisitive lyricism, Willis one of the most outstanding poets of her generation Susan Howe draws us into intricate patterns of thought and feeling The intimate and civic address of these poems is laced with subterranean affinities among painters, bAmerican poet Elizabeth Willis has written an electrifying body of work spanning than twenty years With a wild and inquisitive lyricism, Willis one of the most outstanding poets of her generation Susan Howe draws us into intricate patterns of thought and feeling The intimate and civic address of these poems is laced with subterranean affinities among painters, botanists, politicians, witches and agitators Coursing through this work is the clarity and resistance of a world that asks the poem to rise to this, to speak its fury.
Alive New and Selected Poems American poet Elizabeth Willis has written an electrifying body of work spanning than twenty years With a wild and inquisitive lyricism Willis one of the most outstanding poets of her generation Susa

  • Title: Alive: New and Selected Poems
  • Author: Elizabeth Willis
  • ISBN: 9781590178645
  • Page: 139
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Alive: New and Selected Poems”

    1. A bit difficult to find a sense of resting place in these poems. Everything is flowing, changing at an almost frantic pace. Like watching a theatre play with a constant kaleidoscope of shifting stage scenery. But such interesting sentences and images. Both contemporary and fable-istic. The “I” of the poem forms and re-forms herself perpetually against a whirlwind of foxes and satellites and museums and gingerbread, jungles of “purple gel,” and “wordy water” and poppies, yes, several [...]

    2. I saw her read from this collection a few weeks ago down in the village, and got to speak with with her after. It's clear she is enamored by sound and its many effects, especially in the ways that it escapes language's attempts to assign it meaning. This is evident in poems throughout the collection which is a composite of many beautiful fragments pushing and pulling at each other; but it is most obvious in the final poem that lends the book its title. In this amazing long lyric which Willis wri [...]

    3. A MaidenWhen I found your face on a pillow of leavesyou had already erased it. A nest so heavycan stay in the heavens only by reversal.By this law the knees are laced with abandon.I said to the young man.If watching is the manufacturer, and I lose youwhat angel takes the place of a dowryor distance in this leaf action?Subject to like passions as we aremy soul herself, myselfa possession I could notmistake for the man(his language and Latin)yet we are “taken to”a love passageI had hardly noti [...]

    4. Second reading: 3 starsHaving read a lot of beautiful poetry now—this one has kind of lost some of its magic. There are still some beautiful poems, but there are a lot of meh ones too.First reading: 4 starsPicked this up on a whim in Waterstones. This is some really gorgeous poetry. I especially loved seeing how her style changed from collection to collection.

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