By Elizabeth Willis
Finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry
American poet Elizabeth Willis has written an electrifying physique of labor spanning greater than 20 years. With a wild and inquisitive lyricism, Willis—“one of the main notable poets of her generation” (Susan Howe)—draws us into complex styles of concept and feeling. The intimate and civic deal with of those poems is laced with subterranean affinities between painters, botanists, politicians, witches and agitators. Coursing via this paintings is the readability and resistance of an international that asks the poem to upward push to this, to talk its fury.
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Let him gnaw, forsooth, with his freezing tooth, On our roof tiles, till he tire; But we care not a whit, as we jovial sit Before the blazing fire. Come, lads, let's sing, till the rafters ring; Come, push the can about;— From our snug fireside this Christmas-tide We'll keep old Winter out. —THOMAS NOEL The First Snow Fall The snow had begun in the gloaming, And busily all the night Had been heaping field and highway With a silence deep and white. Every pine and fir and hemlock Wore ermine too dear for an earl, And the poorest twig on the elm tree Was ridged inch deep with pearl.
JAMES FERGUSON Wee Davie Daylicht Wee Davie Daylicht Keeks ower the sea Early in the morning Wi' a clear e'e; Waukens a' the birdies That were sleepin' soun'— Wee Davie Daylicht Is nae lazy loon. Wee Davie Daylicht Glowers ower the hill, Glints through the greenwood, Dances on the rill; Smiles on the wee cot, Shines on the ha'— Wee Davie Daylicht Cheers the hearts o' a'. Come, bonnie bairnie, Come awa' to me; Cuddle in my bosie, Sleep upon my knee;— Wee Davie Daylicht Noo has clos'd his e'e In among the rosy clouds Far ayont the sea.
He never varies from one pace, And the monotony of time Is in his face. " —BLISS CARMAN Cuddle Doon The bairnies cuddle doon at nicht Wi' muckle faucht an' din; O, try an' sleep, ye waukrife rogues, Your father's comin' in. " Wee Jamie wi' the curly heid— He aye sleeps neist the wa', Bangs up an' cries, "I want a piece"; The rascal starts them a'. " At length they hear their father's fit, And as he steeks the door, They turn their faces to the wa', While Tam pretends to snore. " An' just afore we bed oorsel's, We look at oor wee lambs; Tam has his airm roun' wee Rab's neck, An' Rab his airm roun' Tam's.
Alive: New and Selected Poems by Elizabeth Willis