Address by Willis, Elizabeth

By Willis, Elizabeth

Deal with attracts us into noticeable and invisible architectures, into acts of intimate and public handle. those poems are centred, polyvocal, and sharply responsive to acts of illustration; they take in my view their politics and within the approach demonstrate anything in regards to the approach civic constructions inhabit the mind's eye. toxic vegetation, witches, anthems, bees—beneath their floor, we glimpse the fragility of our founding, republican aspirations and witness a disintegrating panorama artfully remodeled. If a poem can function a type of astrolabe, measuring distances either cosmic and speedy, temporal and actual, it does so by means of inventive, nonlinear ability. right here, prior and current interact in acts of mutual interrogation and critique, and inside of this dynamic Willis’s poetry is instantaneously complexly authoritative and looking out: “so starts off our legislation.”

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It was about running. It was about time we had the kind of coup we’ve been giving to the rest of our friends, it’s time we photographed ourselves next to African American constituents, it’s time we talked about freedom of religion for marginalized fundamentalist Christians. It’s time to “revitalize our economy” by clicking on Diversity. It’s time to break ground with our brownest neighbors. It’s time we called our gulf the Mediterranean of the Americas. It’s time to toast and be toasted. To clink and run, to veritably jingle.

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. I have heard of a poor woman changing herself into a pigeon. At times a witch will seem to struggle against an unknown force stronger than herself. She will know things she has not seen with her eyes. She will have opinions about distant cities.

What kind of act was this? Though educated in Switzerland I have no understanding whatsoever of clouds or of cloud-painting. Meteorology means observing the natural advantages of sunlight ( ( ( 33 between the elevator and the congressional Hummer. I prefer to be shot from the lower right when speaking to a male interlocutor. I prefer to be considered a serious fox by those who can ignore my network affiliations. Sooner or later I’ll be sliding to the other side. I’ll be in the Senate like a tongue in a bottle.

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