Although the volumes in Poetry Set contain poems that are
not about family, family is the focus. Ruth is the poet's
mother, Asher and Joshua his sons, and Twins his daughters.
Ruth by William Wallis
The poet praises and mourns his mother. Some poems speak of
boyhood memories of simple tasks such as making the bed:
Sheets snap out soft before
Then we smoothing fit them
About cloth-and-wood frames
That lie heavy to the touch.
Other poems map the struggle of dealing with the particular
loss of a parent. In the process, a gentle, good person (in
the midst of the world's evil) emerges, organic verses tracing
her existence from girlhood to death and showing her lasting
influence on everyone she touched. The poet seeks to recreate
The girlish sweetness, the lilt of gentle voice
We imitate now for our children, as they
Swirl through the space you once filled.
Recreate with the poet those special qualities you knew in
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Asher (Revised Edition) by William Wallis
original, Europe-flavored song of love for the first son is,
in revision, imbued with a metaphysical sheen. Photographs
trace the growth of Asher and the building relationship of
father and son.
Your first breath seemed
To me the breath of God.
Pale and pure, it flooded
The surface of my face.
The poet argues that children alone teach adults the way
to love completely; before that, there is erosas likely
to destroy as to create. The son's birth and growth move the
poet to reflect on his own father.
But my aim is unmistaken; I know
Your heart not, surely as I hunt my own.
A poet on parenting? On a similar subject, Freud said the
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Joshua by William Wallis
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As the new life is recorded, the poet rediscovers love of
God with child-like simplicity and makes a new discovery of
religious law as basis for loving mankind and healing the
And I thank God for those moments
When I, most fortunate of men,
Pause among the beauties of my home,
Feel its unchanging qualities of light
Enter me, hollow out my bones,
Prepare me for flight.
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