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Elizabeth Spires

Elizabeth Spires is the author of seven poetry collections, including Worldling and The Wave-Maker. Her poetry has appeared in the Atlantic and The New Yorker, among others. A professor at Goucher College, she lives in Baltimore, Maryland.


Books by Elizabeth Spires

  1. Book CoverA Memory of the Future: Poems

    Zen-infused meditations on the limitations of memory, mortality, and the boundaries of human existence.More

  2. Book CoverNow the Green Blade Rises: Poems

    "Spires is a jewel of a poet, never self-conscious or self-indulgent."—Los Angeles TimesMore

  3. Book CoverThe Wave-Maker: Poems

    A stunning new collection from a poet who “made her name a watchword for serenity and poise” (Contemporary Poetry Review).More

  4. Book CoverWorldling

    “With not one wrong move, not one word off-key or trivial, this collection of poems makes us experience intimate, yet not necessarily personal, contact with the poet who lets us at times see the struggle behind the refined sensibility. . . .Spires asks the big questions with such competence and polish that we admire her sweating, our metaphysical gladiator, guarantor of our considerable pleasure.” —Nancy Nahra, Philadelphia InquirerMore