By Willis, Elizabeth
Tackle attracts us into seen and invisible architectures, into acts of intimate and public handle. those poems are centred, polyvocal, and sharply conscious of acts of illustration; they take for my part their politics and within the approach exhibit whatever in regards to the means civic constructions inhabit the mind's eye. toxic crops, witches, anthems, bees—beneath their floor, we glimpse the fragility of our founding, republican aspirations and witness a disintegrating panorama artfully reworked. If a poem can function one of those astrolabe, measuring distances either cosmic and instant, temporal and actual, it does so by means of ingenious, nonlinear ability. the following, prior and current have interaction in acts of mutual interrogation and critique, and inside of this dynamic Willis’s poetry is right now complexly authoritative and looking out: “so starts our legislation.”
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She will know things she has not seen with her eyes. She will have opinions about distant cities. A witch may cry out sharply at the sight of a known criminal dying of thirst. ( ( ( 21 She finds it difficult to overcome the sadness of the last war. A nightmare is witchwork. ” When a witch desires something that is not hers, she will slip it into her glove. An overwhelming power compels her to take something from a rich man’s shelf. I have personally known a nervous young woman who often walked in her sleep.
To clink and run, to veritably jingle. ( ( ( 35 It’s time to expand homeland security through terror. It’s time to honor our veterans with combat-inspired video games distributed free to wheelchairs everywhere. It’s time we referred to their poorest hospitals as Liberty Housing. It’s time for all of us to “Protect Our Children” from easy access to Medicaid, prescription drugs, and the protracted violence of a liberal education. Homelessness has been so well fixed that everyone I know has at least one somewhere else, a home in the sand and one in the bush.
I have personally known a nervous young woman who often walked in her sleep. Isn’t there something witchlike about a sleepwalker who wanders through the house with matches? The skin of a real witch makes a delicate binding for a book of common prayer. When all the witches in your town have been set on fire, their smoke will fill your mouth. It will teach you new words. It will tell you what you’ve done. 22 ) ) ) still life with to rnado When the ghost is on you, you don’t even see it happen: a fathomless meta-name broken into chaptered glades There’s a slurry on the pond doing one thing and thinking about another The whole stumped hill waiting for its sovereign Even if Jesus does love Winchester Satan still loves Milton just as in the roughest seas friendship favors Quakers Through the trees I saw you burn my love house down A residue of color carried into leaf traffic like a thought becoming its own money ( ( ( 23 wooded trib utary Darker than circumstance all roads lead into a house style High up, far off the comma excess What is most like this?
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