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Octopus, and: Anemone, and: Oceans, and: Melt

Octopus, and: Anemone, and: Oceans, and: Melt Lisa Williams "I continue to write about the sea. `Anemone' and `The Octopus' were informed by the work of Ernst Haeckel, a ninteenth-century follower of Darwin who was torn between zoology and painting. He chose zoology but combined his love for both in observation-based, aesthetically driven illustrations of the natural world, which were admired and influential in his day. Haeckel's robust, highly organized depictions of marine life, animals and organisms help me understand how much we want to see these things as beautiful and orderly. I also watched footage of both creatures on YouTube to help with details. "As for `Oceans,' I dreamed of seeing a poem on a white sheet of paper with the title `Oceans,' whose words I could not read but whose rhythm and contours were visually conveyed. I wrote the poem immediately, still foggy with sleep, although the last line gave me trouble for weeks. poetry "Water in all of its manifestations is a big interest of mine, whether frozen, trickling, or any phase in between. `Melt' is my version of a worshipful ode: it attempts to depict a pinnacle of motion, transparency, and sound. (What poet wouldn't want to move like water?)" Lisa http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Missouri Review University of Missouri

Octopus, and: Anemone, and: Oceans, and: Melt

The Missouri Review , Volume 32 (1) – May 9, 2009

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Lisa Williams "I continue to write about the sea. `Anemone' and `The Octopus' were informed by the work of Ernst Haeckel, a ninteenth-century follower of Darwin who was torn between zoology and painting. He chose zoology but combined his love for both in observation-based, aesthetically driven illustrations of the natural world, which were admired and influential in his day. Haeckel's robust, highly organized depictions of marine life, animals and organisms help me understand how much we want to see these things as beautiful and orderly. I also watched footage of both creatures on YouTube to help with details. "As for `Oceans,' I dreamed of seeing a poem on a white sheet of paper with the title `Oceans,' whose words I could not read but whose rhythm and contours were visually conveyed. I wrote the poem immediately, still foggy with sleep, although the last line gave me trouble for weeks. poetry "Water in all of its manifestations is a big interest of mine, whether frozen, trickling, or any phase in between. `Melt' is my version of a worshipful ode: it attempts to depict a pinnacle of motion, transparency, and sound. (What poet wouldn't want to move like water?)" Lisa

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The Missouri ReviewUniversity of Missouri

Published: May 9, 2009

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