Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Great Regulars: Not all the poems in Address are politically charged,

although most contain a provocative statement within them, urging the reader to action, to challenge a given stance, or at least to more closely examine one's own. As [Elizabeth] Willis asserts in "Sonnet," "None of this is free." No statement, claim or response is unhampered by beliefs or biases, or outside of the political-economic system in which we toil--every person at some point finds one's self called to defend their work, and to have their surroundings reflect it accordingly.

from Powells: Review-A-Day: Abigail Licad on Elizabeth Willis' "Address"


The poem "The Dilemma of Lois Lane" falls somewhere in the middle of these two poems, mingling the human and superhuman as the speaker is a woman in love with a superhero. Lois Lane muses on what it was like to first realize her Clark Kent was really Superman: she realizes his eyes will always be bright, his hair will always curl, and his body will always be "as solid as diamonds" (p. 38). However, she pretends those certainties are not real, because she prefers the reality of the human Clark Kent, and wishes he could

from Powells: Review-A-Day: The Human in the Superhuman


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