No. 9: Marielle Grenade-Willis

No. 9: Marielle Grenade-Willis

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No. 9, Marielle Grenade-Willis's Prairie Crocus, inhabits the all-too overlooked in-between of seasons, bursting with quiet, deliberate certainty. Like an illuminator, Grenade-Willis scans the planet for evidence of scintillation—soil and roots, sun and moon—and with them colors the inner-ear. Hers is a gravitational assurance. Prairie Crocus is verse at home in the body of time. Earth also breathes.

Prairie Crocus (The Lune No. 9) is Grenade-Willis's first collection of poems. Her short-form works have been published in a variety of spaces, including the first three collaborative iterations of The Lune. Her language stuns us softly into simultaneous appreciation for abundance and scarcity.

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Praise for Prairie Crocus


Marielle Grenade-Willis writes about ground
and sky and what is in them. She
asks to “get swept away before
the quicksand tightens."

She doesn't need music to sing
in Prairie Crocus; the geese
“giggling and / crying,
chattering / gaggles" do it for her.


⎯ Jack Collom


About the Author

Marielle Grenade-Willis is a poet, volunteer, vocalist, and gardener from Virginia. Now living in Colorado, she works for AmeriCorps and listens to the ground and watches the sky. Her poetry has been featured on CPR: Public Radio International's “The World" and in the first three short-form iterations of The Lune.