Friday 7 January 2011

J.L. Williams' Condition of Fire, first selection

Fellow American expat J.L. Williams will be launching her first book,
Condition of Fire, alongside my second, Divining for Starters, on the Shearsman reading series on Tuesday, 15 February in London. Here's a short selection. The book is inspired by Ovid's Metamorphoses and the islands on which he wrote it.

Helios Retires

How pale the sea,
the pale of rain in pools.

Will the doors with the white whales ever be opened?
Will the horses that pull the sun
ever be harnessed?

J.L. Williams
(Shearsman, 2011)

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