Summer Reading Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | June 20, 2014

Lisa Howorth: IMG So Many Books, So Many Writers



I'm not a bookseller, but I'm married to one, and Square Books is a family. And we all know about families and how hard it is to disassociate... Continue »

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$16.00
New Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
4 Beaverton Poetry- A to Z
7 Burnside POET- A- Z910 [A] to 906 [Z]
1 Hawthorne Poetry- A to Z
25 Local Warehouse Poetry- A to Z
10 Remote Warehouse Poetry- A to Z

Space, in Chains (Lannan Literary Selections)

by

Space, in Chains (Lannan Literary Selections) Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

"Kasischke's intelligence is most apparent in her syntactic control and pace, the way she gauges just when to make free verse speed up, or stop short, or slow down." The New York Times Book Review

"Kasischke's poems are powered by a skillful use of imagery and the subtle, ingenious way she turns a phrase."Austin American-Statesman

Laura Kasischke's poems have the same haunting qualities and truth as our most potent memories and dreams. Through ghostly voices, fragmented narratives, overheard conversations, songs, and prayers in language reminiscent of medieval lyrics converted into contemporary idiom, the poems in Space, In Chains create a visceral strangeness true to its own music.

So we found ourselves in an ancient place, the very

air around us bound by chains. There was

stagnant water in which lightning

was reflected, like desperation

in a dying eye. Like science. Like

a dull rock plummeting through space, tossing

off flowers and veils, like a bride. And

also the subway.

Speed under ground.

And the way each body in the room appeared to be

a jar of wasps and flies that day—but, enchanted,

like frightened children's laughter.

Laura Kasischke is the author of thirteen books of poetry and fiction. Her novel Her Life Before Her Eyes was adapted for the screen and starred Uma Thurman. A Guggenheim Fellow in 2009, she teaches in the MFA program at the University of Michigan.

Review:

"Frightening in its confrontations with death — that of a father and, eventually, of everything — Kasischke's new work is also ambitiously exhilarating: everything in life and literature, it seems, could come before her eye, could end up in a poem — 'the terror of foxes./ And the children's hospital./ And the hangman's alarm clock,' even 'Lazarus, who surely never dared/ to lay his head/ on a pillow/ and close his eyes again.' Known for her representations of mothers and teenagers in her poems and in her many novels, Kasischke now takes equal interest in illness and old age: rightly celebrated for her irregular, spiky, and intricately rhyming lines, Kasischke has now extended her interest (begun with her last book, Lilies Without) in the prose poem, using its fragments for recollection — 'the ridiculous cheerfulness of sunflowers, the drifting immemorial ashes of the blueprints, the soup grown cold.' For all its length and all its lists, the volume ends up tightly, almost wrenchingly focused on the omnipresence of suffering, the fact of mortality and the persistence of grief. Some readers might call it melodramatic; many more ought to call it symphonic, perceptive, profound. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

"Kasischke's verses walk that perfect Plathian line between the everyday...and the eternal." Time Magazine

About the Author

Laura Kasischke: Laura Kasischke's most recent book of poetry was Lilies Without (Ausable Press, 2007). She has published six other collections of poems, as well as seven novels. She was a Guggenheim Fellow for 2009, and lives in Chelsea, Michigan, where she teaches at the University of Michigan in the MFA program and Residential College.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781556593338
Author:
Kasischke, Laura
Publisher:
Copper Canyon Press
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20110331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
110
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Other books you might like

  1. Pierce the Skin: Selected Poems,... New Hardcover $25.00
  2. She Didn't Mean To Do It (00 Edition) Used Trade Paper $8.00
  3. Blackbird and Wolf: Poems Used Trade Paper $8.00
  4. Ideal Cities Used Trade Paper $8.00
  5. My Brother Is Getting Arrested Again... Used Trade Paper $8.00
  6. Visible Man: Poems (00 Edition) Used Trade Paper $8.00

Related Subjects

Featured Titles » Award Winners
Fiction and Poetry » Poetry » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Poetry » Featured Titles
Fiction and Poetry » Poetry » Poetry Month Picks

Space, in Chains (Lannan Literary Selections) New Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$16.00 In Stock
Product details 110 pages Copper Canyon Press - English 9781556593338 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Frightening in its confrontations with death — that of a father and, eventually, of everything — Kasischke's new work is also ambitiously exhilarating: everything in life and literature, it seems, could come before her eye, could end up in a poem — 'the terror of foxes./ And the children's hospital./ And the hangman's alarm clock,' even 'Lazarus, who surely never dared/ to lay his head/ on a pillow/ and close his eyes again.' Known for her representations of mothers and teenagers in her poems and in her many novels, Kasischke now takes equal interest in illness and old age: rightly celebrated for her irregular, spiky, and intricately rhyming lines, Kasischke has now extended her interest (begun with her last book, Lilies Without) in the prose poem, using its fragments for recollection — 'the ridiculous cheerfulness of sunflowers, the drifting immemorial ashes of the blueprints, the soup grown cold.' For all its length and all its lists, the volume ends up tightly, almost wrenchingly focused on the omnipresence of suffering, the fact of mortality and the persistence of grief. Some readers might call it melodramatic; many more ought to call it symphonic, perceptive, profound. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , "Kasischke's verses walk that perfect Plathian line between the everyday...and the eternal." Time Magazine
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.