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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 18
the Jane Shore issue
spring 2014

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

  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

Other highlights in this issue:

Gigi Bradford writes on Hailey Leithauser's new collection, Swoop, which won the Poetry Foundation's Emily Dickinson First Book Award (Graywolf Press, 2013).

Katherine E. Young contributes eight new poems from Day of the Border Guards, finalist for the Miller Williams Prize and forthcoming from the University of Arkansas Press in March 2014 (followed by a brief interview).

Christopher Norris, Professor of Philosophy at Cardiff University, Wales, contributes "Performatives (Yeats/Heaney)," a tour de force in terza rima.

David McAleavey writes on Terence Winch's new collections, Lit from Below (Salmon Poetry, 2013) and This Way Out (Hanging Loose Press, 2014).

Anne Harding Wordworth writes on Jody Bolz' new collection, Shadow Play (Turning Point, 2014).

Maryanne Hannan writes on Suzette Marie Bishop's new collection, Horse-Minded (CW Books, 2012).


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