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Today's poem is "Advance"
from Gazelle in the House

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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 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, and The Cincinnati Review. 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.

Other poems by Lisa Williams in Verse Daily:
June 29, 2011:   "Wing" "People can remove themselves from us...."
December 13, 2004:  "Grackles" "They were not one body. Yet they seemed..."

Books by Lisa Williams:

Other poems on the web by Lisa Williams:
"Sounding Line"
"Gazelle in the House"
Two poems
Two poems
Two poems
"Sheer Columns"
"Geometry"

Lisa Williams According to Wikipedia.

About Gazelle in the House:

"Lisa Williamsís 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, intimateóand in the end a means of revelation."
—Susan Stewart

"Like the photographer who 'wants that dialogue between a singerís gesture and what slants it,' Lisa Williams elegantly slants the space between sight and sound in her striking third collection. She plumbs the worlds of eels and deep sea bells as deftly as she conjures unsparing snapshots of female adolescence."
—Rebecca Morgan Frank

"'Go / become again a threshold,'Ē commands one of the speakers in Lisa Williamsí newest collection, Gazelle in the House. Williamsí poems consistently compel the reader to become a door; to pass through the most difficult of emotional landscapes. This collection asks us to traverse a burning landscape and to come out on the other side singed brighter and better. Williams moves us through this landscape with an intellectual and aesthetic rigor."
—Roger Reeves



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