Tuesday, February 21, 2017
7:30 pm, Neilson Browsing Room
LAURA KASISCHKE writes trenchant, provocative light/dark poems, bending matter at will and transforming the commonplace into the luminous real. “The writing of poetry is its own reward,” she says in an interview, “because poetry’s so ancient and sacred and strange.” These qualities are manifested throughout her work. The intricate universe of each poem allows Kasischke to embody the confessional in hundreds of different atmospheres and voices, which may be why Boston Review writer Stephen Burt described her as “the poet of high school cliques remembered and terminal wards observed”—her range truly spans from birth to death.
Kasischke is the author of ten collections of poems, most recently The Infinitesimals and Space, in Chains. A literary multi-talent, she has also written ten novels and a collection of short stories. The film adaptation of her novel The Life Before Her Eyes, starring Uma Thurman and Evan Rachel Wood, was praised by Vanity Fair’s Graham Fuller as “a beautifully etched, haunting meditation on the choices young women make.” Among her many honors are the National Book Critics Circle Award and a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation. Kasischke lives in Michigan and teaches at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.