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By Willis, Elizabeth

Handle attracts us into seen and invisible architectures, into acts of intimate and public deal with. those poems are focused, polyvocal, and sharply conscious of acts of illustration; they take in my opinion their politics and within the method show whatever in regards to the means civic buildings 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 fast, temporal and actual, it does so by means of innovative, nonlinear capability. the following, previous and current have interaction in acts of mutual interrogation and critique, and inside this dynamic Willis’s poetry is without delay complexly authoritative and looking: “so starts off our legislation.”

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Hearing my name in it as Alice loved the hand that pushed her down the hole just that much The forest-broker’s dream: a hell-shook bell Her piece of rock: a gloss upon the dailies Welcome to the game, little duck All you have to do is dash to the other side 24 ) ) ) th e oldest garden in the world Something drives out from the fate I was hungry for A body that fulfills its face carries into day what fades behind it In Natural History Sophocles loved Asphodel, but Asphodel loved William Carlos Williams as hyacinth loved France, and honey loves a toothache Is that a crime or just a form of currency like big tobacco moving on with shady radar over our greenery?

25 vernacular a rc hitecture Seeing to the creature: leaning, bending down What grass is tendered in what state of the union? Any body can be unionized A governed love for the people isn’t special The government of love is to believe itself unwritten Love’s office is devotion to the ungoverned, like justice somewhere else, in a while A school beside its architect A child next to a picture The family in its tunnels Pure products feel their power to feed the engine Their movement a document that totters into being written with their elbows and their hands Here is what I found today or what I am 26 ) ) ) ruskin I hear the whistle blowing but I cannot see the train The wrong buildings are coming down to meet me An oily noise waving its petition in the face of what a future So my book becomes a road drifting casually toward a lake The road talks to the stonebreaker in a private language inaudible by carriage A hand transposes the work of the eye until it cannot tell which side is up Dear Rose, I think that I would like to be a weapon like a pillow in the hands of an angry girl A building in the shape of a cloud that takes the shape of a galleon shaped like a bow of hickory or witch hazel or the willow that weeps against this pillow-thought of you ( ( ( 27 another life in green Outbreaks of calumny have not yet killed the lupine Trying to make up for a sudden lack of air the hill grows thin against its grid closing our eyes painting its gardens Man and not-man hardly correspond at all When a character says “I am not Romantic” it’s because an imaginary line has crossed his heart The willed adventure of the alpine grass, the distant lightning of a coup d’etat 28 ) ) ) yesness park A horse or a turnip Your Wealth is on the stove By the National Institutes of the earth at night As for Baudelaire a picture of half your face is all the world, like a new democracy by Henry Adams To thumb the wave To get awakened My verse, my vernissage sinking to the hand as green against the snow or a pretty paragraph foreshortened in pink going through the season ( ( ( 29 from apples to oranges a task I will accomplish with all the dirt I came from What did I expect to break into the sun?

A witch desires to walk rather than be carried or pushed in a cart. When walking a witch will turn suddenly and pretend to look at something very small. The happiness of an entire house may be ruined by witch hair touching a metal cross. The devil does not speak to a witch. He only moves his tongue. An executioner may find the body of a witch insensitive to an iron spike. An unrepentant witch may be converted with a little lead in the eye. Enchanting witchpowder may be hidden in a girl’s hair. When a witch is hungry, she can make a soup by stirring water with her hand.

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