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Gazelle in the House
     

Gazelle in the House

by Lisa Williams
 

Poetry. "Lisa Williams's new collection, GAZELLE IN THE HOUSE, is truly a book of stanzas: poetic rooms in which to dwell. Some of these dwellings have the uncanny familiarity of ordinary domestic space and others are as mysterious and disorienting as the depths of the sea. Painting with colors at times opaque, at times transparent, moving between shallows,

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Poetry. "Lisa Williams's new collection, GAZELLE IN THE HOUSE, is truly a book of stanzas: poetic rooms in which to dwell. Some of these dwellings have the uncanny familiarity of ordinary domestic space and others are as mysterious and disorienting as the depths of the sea. Painting with colors at times opaque, at times transparent, moving between shallows, tide-pools, and the abysses of dreams, Williams's voice is solitary, meditative, intimate—and in the end a means of revelation."—Susan Stewart

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“Lisa Williams’s Gazelle in the House (New Issues, 2014) is a dense and dazzling work that explores violence in and through language. The collection begins and ends with bees, starting with the “corrective violence” of removing a hive which “is in/ the wrong place,/ nestled and humming/ as if error could become a home.” Williams’s sharp gaze and sharper language dissects various moments of non-belonging. By the close we are closer to a kind of domestic peace, with the same imperative voice telling us instead, “Let the Queen fatten/ so no violence supplants her.” This final sense of mercy is hard-won in the journey between these embattled hives.”—Simone Wolff, Poets at Work

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936970247
Publisher:
New Issues Poetry & Prose, Western Michigan University
Publication date:
03/24/2014
Pages:
89
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.30(d)

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Susan Stewart
“Lisa Williams’s new collection, Gazelle in the House, is truly a book of stanzas: poetic rooms in which to dwell. Some of these dwellings have the uncanny familiarity of ordinary domestic space and others are as mysterious and disorienting as the depths of the sea. Painting with colors at times opaque, at times transparent, moving between shallows, tide-pools, and the abysses of dreams, Williams's voice is solitary, meditative, intimate—and in the end a means of revelation.”

Meet the Author

Originally from Nashville, LISA WILLIAMS teaches at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. She is the author of Woman Reading to the Sea (W.W. Norton 2008), which won the Barnard Women Poets Prize, and The Hammered Dulcimer (Utah State University Press, 1998), which won the May Swenson Poetry Award. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in Blackbird, Poetry, The Oxford American, and other magazines, and have been featured on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily, as well as in anthologies including Best American Poetry 2009, Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds, and American Poetry: Next Generation. Her essays on contemporary women poets have appeared in The Hollins Critic, The Cincinnati Review, and on Poetry Daily. Williams is the recipient of a 2011 Brown Foundation Fellowship awarded by the Brown Foundation and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; a 2010 Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship awarded by the Kentucky Arts Council; and a 2004 Rome Prize in Literature, awarded by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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