Recipient of an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, an Ingram Merrill Fellowship, the I. B. Lavan Award, and the Amy Lowell Fellowship, attorney Norman Williams has appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court in several cases, including Williams v. Vermont.
The poems in One Unblinking Eye cast a steady and serious gaze at life outside the beltways. Whether testifying at a prayer meeting in Indiana, tramping the backwoods of northern New England, or working on an oil derrick in the Gulf, the inhabitants of these poems live on the margins of society. “They are the left-behind, odd-manneredones/Who speak in starts,” Norman Williams writes of the last residents of a West Virginia mining town.