Alive (Paperback)

New and Selected Poems

By Elizabeth Willis

New York Review of Books, 9781590178645, 208pp.

Publication Date: April 14, 2015

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Description

Finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry

American poet Elizabeth Willis has written an electrifying body of work spanning more than twenty years. With a wild and inquisitive lyricism, Willis--"one of the most outstanding poets of her generation" (Susan Howe)--draws us into intricate patterns of thought and feeling. The intimate and civic address of these poems is laced with subterranean affinities among painters, botanists, politicians, witches and agitators. Coursing through this work is the clarity and resistance of a world that asks the poem to rise to this, to speak its fury.


About the Author

Elizabeth Willis is the author of Address (2011), which received the PEN New England/L. L. Winship Prize, and four previous books of poetry. Her second book, The Human Abstract (1995), and her collection Alive: New and Selected Poems was chosen as a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. A recent Guggenheim fellow in poetry, she teaches at the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop.