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By Elizabeth Willis

Tackle attracts us into obvious and invisible architectures, into acts of intimate and public deal with. those poems are focused, polyvocal, and sharply aware of acts of illustration; they take individually their politics and within the procedure show whatever in regards to the manner 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 a type of astrolabe, measuring distances either cosmic and speedy, temporal and actual, it does so by means of ingenious, nonlinear skill. the following, earlier and current have interaction in acts of mutual interrogation and critique, and inside this dynamic Willis’s poetry is straight away complexly authoritative and looking: “so starts our legislation.”

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Edu/wespress 2011 � Elizabeth Willis All rights reserved synthetic within the united states Wesleyan college Press is a member of the fairway Press Initiative. The paper utilized in this booklet meets their minimal requirement for recycled paper. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication info Willis, Elizabeth. Address/Elizabeth Willis. p. cm. —(Wesleyan poetry) ISBN 978-0-8195-7098-7 (cloth: alk. paper)— ISBN 978-0-8195-7099-4 (ebook) I. identify. PS3573. I456523A64 2011 811’. 54—dc22 2010042230 contents handle Take This Poem Nocturne Friday Ballad A Species Is an concept F. A. Q. Valet of the Shadow of demise Unseasonable Pastoral move Chart toxic vegetation of the United States The Witch nonetheless existence with twister Wooded Tributary The Oldest backyard on the earth Vernacular structure Ruskin one other lifestyles in eco-friendly Yesness Park Sonnet You’ve misplaced Your Card this isn't a Poem approximately Katherine Harris Year-end evaluation January Blasted Hymn may possibly Day beautiful copy Sonnet prolonged Forecast A Species Is an concept Triptik labeled Incidental wisdom Blacklist In energy Sweetness Acknowledgments handle ))) tackle I is to they as river is to barge as convert to wooden line sinker to steamer The solar belongs to I as soon as, for an fast The window belongs to you leaning at the afternoon they're to you because the suffocating sadness of the mall is to the magic rustle of the note “come” flip left towards the mountain cross immediately until eventually you notice the boat within the driveway a bit hotter, a bit stickier a bit extra like spring TAKE THIS POEM Take this spoon from me, this cudgel, this awl Take this bowl this kettle, this continental plate Take, if you happen to will, this shallow topsoil above my bedrock This swingset above the topsoil this raven from my hair Take your worry from its closet Take this blouse wanting washing this unread ebook Take this baby this husband, this teacup, this provisional climate Take this capsule with a tall glass of water, take this bus deep into the internal Take my spouse whether I intended to maintain her Take my percentage I don’t want it Take so long as you must Take this line among respiring and balloting Take this urban Take that dear send throughout this cellophane version of the ocean Take the F educate yet to not Brooklyn Take the case of the lacking cufflinks Take this beverage with its silver Pullman ice Take me with you so far as you could cross I won’t reason any hassle Take this workplace overlooking the folk Take this endurance and burn it to the floor Take down your vanities, your hippodrome your champagne pyramid Take down your hair your curtains, your razorwire fence Take off your greasepaint your necklace, your wig your insufficient armor Take off your coat remain a bit longer Take the low street out into the sundown Take it out again And take it to the folks Take Florida Take Ohio Take Wisconsin Take Missouri Take this chamber like a bullet Take this residence and paint it black or take it down NOCTURNE I’m contemplating the warmth within the reins a equipment in love with itself elements that healthy I’m puzzling over your face: there’s not anything to invent pushed to distraction or simply jogging there the sting of my brain opposed to the sting of yours An astrolabe isn’t contemplating a concrete lane or unconquerable inside Abiding by means of its category and nation church, a kitsch photograph isn't “sincerity” although i'm local to it A state has this sound of being born The human isn't really its ill-begotten advert A hemisphere isn't really your hair in its Parisian rooms An astrolabe isn't a metaphor for romance even though love comprise the mortal roots of congress, like a peasant contained in the identify you supply its ruins FRIDAY Coming to you from a jumbled dream My middle caves within the greater to determine you with I’m pondering at the vivid facet whereas trying to find my keys I’ve by no means visible a physique floating to the ceiling within the large room of the submit place of work A observe is a symptom of what can’t be defined A promise, a premise held open like a door So I didn’t locate mercy or it didn’t locate me It’s continuously own just like the failure of a knee A brassy rebuttal clowning on the street Your footprint in the world pinned down via outer area BALLAD occasionally i believe I see the air and all that was once capability acquires the charisma of its start: the wilderness that grew to become a bottle that broke right into a crown that selected to grab its day simply because I couldn’t cease for breath, my legs outran their shadow like a educate in which I suggest a cornfield long-legged, mechanical, the rhythm of a movie within the heart distance capturing the horizon The earth is around A SPECIES IS an idea (1) Leaving my umbrella I left every thing in the back of That puppy, a logo of my soiled self All this mirrored image amounting to shadows Ink eats the web page: it’s Chemistry opposed to the wooded area What teach are you on with most of these ideas?

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