By Willis, Elizabeth
Deal with attracts us into seen and invisible architectures, into acts of intimate and public handle. those poems are centred, polyvocal, and sharply aware of acts of illustration; they take for my part their politics and within the procedure display whatever concerning the means civic constructions inhabit the mind's eye. toxic crops, witches, anthems, bees—beneath their floor, we glimpse the fragility of our founding, republican aspirations and witness a disintegrating panorama artfully reworked. If a poem can function one of those astrolabe, measuring distances either cosmic and rapid, temporal and actual, it does so by means of creative, nonlinear skill. right here, previous and current interact in acts of mutual interrogation and critique, and inside of this dynamic Willis’s poetry is instantaneously complexly authoritative and looking: “so starts our legislation.”
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He only moves his tongue. An executioner may find the body of a witch insensitive to an iron spike. An unrepentant witch may be converted with a little lead in the eye. Enchanting witchpowder may be hidden in a girl’s hair. When a witch is hungry, she can make a soup by stirring water with her hand. I have heard of a poor woman changing herself into a pigeon. At times a witch will seem to struggle against an unknown force stronger than herself. She will know things she has not seen with her eyes.
A witch may cry out sharply at the sight of a known criminal dying of thirst. ( ( ( 21 She finds it difficult to overcome the sadness of the last war. A nightmare is witchwork. ” When a witch desires something that is not hers, she will slip it into her glove. An overwhelming power compels her to take something from a rich man’s shelf. I have personally known a nervous young woman who often walked in her sleep. Isn’t there something witchlike about a sleepwalker who wanders through the house with matches?
Martha Corey, Mary Easty, Alice Parker, and Mary Parker were hanged on September 22nd. A family in reduced circumstances may resort to witchcraft in order to procure food. A family of witches will put off a bad smell like that of wild animals. Bridget Bishop, Martha Carrier, George Jacobs, John Proctor, and John Willard were hardcore Salem gothic witches. Kate, Leah, and Maggie Fox were professional upstate rapping witches.
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