Elizabeth Willis

Elizabeth Willis is the author of Alive: New and Selected Poems (New York Review Books, 2015). Her other books include two collections from Wesleyan University Press: Address (2011), winner of the PEN New England prize for poetry and Meteoric Flowers (2006); as well as Turneresque (Burning Deck, 2003), and The Human Abstract (Penguin, 1995), a National Poetry Series selection. She recently joined the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Ferns, Mosses, Flags

We all live under the rule of Pepsi, by the sanctified waters of an in-ground pond. Moss if it gathers is a sign of shifting weathers, the springing scent of consensual facts. A needle's knowing drops into focus while you …

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Ancient Subterranean Fires

When I crossed the road, I burned with the heat of its traffic. Time as movement, a government of rushes. All those itching satellites, blind among the dreaming guns. A bee in its lace is the author of something. Easy …

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The Similitude of This Great Flower

These vines are trim, I take them down. I had my mother's features in my heart, the darkest gem, tripping in the tar, an affinity for Iceland. The world is clanking: noun, noun, noun. Sand in the shoe doesn't make …

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