By Elizabeth Willis
Finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry
American poet Elizabeth Willis has written an electrifying physique of labor spanning greater than 20 years. With a wild and inquisitive lyricism, Willis—“one of the main striking poets of her generation” (Susan Howe)—draws us into elaborate styles of suggestion and feeling. The intimate and civic tackle of those poems is laced with subterranean affinities between painters, botanists, politicians, witches and agitators. Coursing via this paintings is the readability and resistance of a global that asks the poem to upward thrust to this, to talk its fury.
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Across The Pacific The roving Red bands of South China, The poor would give to the poor, when incited. Beyond Parched earth and fog here : Type of mind faking a thirst for itself Land's jest Concoctors of 'hard' poetry Dramatic stony lips, centaurs, theatrical rock Living in a tower beyond rock, In the best imitation of Sophocles. While in the sea The seals pearled for a minute In the sun as they sank. " In the night, Michelangelo, which of your Sistine angels ever made? We sang Le Roi Renaud, Red piano under the stone head, Or "What can I do to show how much I love" Purcell plangent to Dryden's stiff love-making, "Waken my fair one from they slumber," "The gentle mother that thee bore," Or another night, Mary with us, "Noel est revidici, chan tons, Noel, Noel," Missing a fireplace.
One's best citizens the banks, - the first May Day Who had whistled? The scale fell as the pail emptied. Can the middle-classes pay the scale, play the scale? What do you think - with the state's gold safe in a vault To be flooded in case of war? I asked the b oss Why my crops were his. He said the coal b ill ; you took Off the Fourth of July. Subdivided shops, fire Hazards. The evicted dawdle, the shots hit home . My kid's bare as a plucked b ird's hole in whistling time. All Proletarians massed on each nation's curtain Of fire, fighting to stop the haggling of nations, The void fills, the music of old glass is playing new Announcements of economies, As one object Speeding in the light in a calculus of speed, Revolution is the pod systems rattle from, Yet no frame b reaks being elastic, the column 51 [ A -8] Of the wake continues into the wave, Disdain To shunt aims, To each his needs, the Manifesto.
Arcy agin' the wall! Shoot high yaller Agin' the wall ! " And i t was t o the glory o f Liza - Arcy's And Eliza Jane, his friend's wife who was invited only with her husband, That they paired off always As individual families, Having taken over standards that would Have been impoliteness to Eskimos. Seriously : As serious as Four and a half decades kiddin' himself on a 29 [A-6] miniature golf-course. I tell you this man had vistas: Ties, handkerchiefs to watch, Mufflers, dress shirts, golf holes, Chocolate eclaires, automobiles and entrees.
Alive: New and Selected Poems by Elizabeth Willis