follow the progress of these poems as an allegory of the spirit constrained
by that mysterious resistance to order described by the second law of
thermodynamics. But that's just one reading. Elizabeth Willis's work is
a wonder: an open tangle of thought, a mark in the darkness, a sudden
projection: `striving between light/ and the force of a body/ that is
light.' These poems draw amazingly delicate boundaries among the soul's
constellations of ambiguities."
"The poems in Second Law are terse, precise, ecstatic and luminous.
White letters serve as lures and traces through gaps of ordered scientific
discourse the rapture of the poet's will remains captive and rejoicing.
In these linked fragmentary linguistic structures Elizabeth Willis enters
Bunyan's emblematic river another time; singing."