Elizabeth Spires (born 1952 Lancaster, Ohio) is an American poet.
She was raised in Circleville. She graduated from Vassar College and Johns Hopkins University.
Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, American Poetry Review, The New Criterion, The Paris Review, and many other literary magazines and anthologies, She lives in Baltimore with her husband and her daughter, a graduate of Columbia University, and is a professor of English at Goucher College where she holds a Chair for Distinguished Achievement.
My name in the black air, called out in the early morning.
A premonition dreamed: waking, I beheld a future of mourning.
The world bends us to its purpose.
In the public gardens, we found
a "gazing globe" balanced
on a waist-high pedestal,
The world changed.
Books disappeared, replaced
by glowing screens.
Poems that mattered once