Called by Susan Howe one of the most outstanding poets of her generation, the American poet Elizabeth Willis has written some of the most lumius, electrifyingly lyrical poems of the past twenty years. This collection includes work from her five books, poems previously published only in magazines, and a section of new poems. With a poetics as attentive to the music of thought as George Oppen's and an ear that evokes the wildness of Rimbaud's Illuminations, Willis charts intricate, subterranean affinities. Her poems draw us into a range of pleasures and concerns-from the scientific pastorals of Erasmus Darwin, to the domain of painters, politicians, erstwhile saints, witches, and agitators. Within the intimate and civic address of these poems, we witness the chaos of the contemporary world as it falls, for an ecstatic moment, into place: The word comes at me with its headlights on, so it's revelation and t death.
Elizabeth Willis is an American poet and literary critic. She has written several poetry collections including Meteoric Flowers, The Human Abstract, which was selected for the National Poetry Series, and most recently, Address. She is the recipient of multiple awards and fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and residencies at Brown University and the MacDowell Colony. She currently serves as the Shapiro-Silverberg professor of literature and creative writing at Wesleyan University in Connecticut.