Poetry. A long-awaited new title from Elizabeth Willis, who was born in 1961 in Awali, Bahrain and grew up primarily in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She currently teaches at Wesleyan University after teaching for many years at Mills College in Oakland. "Nothing is moving but me: I'm a blackbird. The neighbor's in labor, but so am I, pushing against the road. Physics tells us nothing is lost, but I've been copping time from death and can't relent for every job the stars drop on my back"-from "September 9". SPD also carries THE HUMAN ABSTRACT, SECOND LAW, and A/O by Elizabeth Willis.
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Alternating between prose and lyric form, between tough-guy language gleaned from B movies and achingly lovely tropes, Willlis often works in miniature, carefully crafting each line to deflate pomposity or sentiment that might otherwise outsize her subjects: "What does it take/ to make a happy an...| Read Full Review of Turneresque