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The Lake Isle of Innisfree

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honeybee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight's all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet's wings.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart's core.

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Innisfree 19
the Afaa Michael Weaver issue
fall 2014

We continue our series of Closer Looks at the work of exceptional contemporary poets, this time with poems from the books by Afaa Michael Weaver. He joins these earlier Closer Looks, all of which are available in the Previous Issues page or, more directly, here:

  Innisfree 18, spring 2014: Jane Shore
  Innisfree 17, fall 2013: D. Nurkse
  Innisfree 16, spring 2013: Linda Pastan
  Innisfree 15, fall 2012: Martin Galvin
  Innisfree 14, spring 2012: Philip Dacey
  Innisfree 13, fall, 2011: Jean Nordhaus
  Innisfree 12, spring, 2011: Rod Jellema
  Innisfree 11, fall 2010: Eleanor Wilner
  Innisfree 10, spring 2010: John Koethe
  Innisfree 9, fall 2009: Alice Friman
  Innisfree 8, spring 2009: Dan Masterson
  Innisfree 7, fall 2008: Marianne Boruch
  Innisfree 6, spring 2008 Eric Pankey
  Innisfree 5, fall 2007: Terence Winch


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