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 impressive poets of her generation” (Susan Howe)—draws us into complex styles of suggestion and feeling. The intimate and civic deal with 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 an international that asks the poem to upward push to this, to talk its fury.
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