The Infinitesimals

The Infinitesimals

by Laura Kasischke


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

The Infinitesimals stares directly at illness and death, employing the same highly evocative and symbolic style that earned Laura Kasischke the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry. Drawing upon her own experiences with cancer, and the lives and deaths of loved ones, Kasischke's new work commands a lyrical and dark intensity.

Laura Kasischke is the author of eight collections of poetry and seven novels. She teaches at the University of Michigan and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781556594663
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication date: 07/22/2014
Pages: 100
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and currently living in Chelsea, Michigan with her son, Laura Kasischke is the author of eight collections of poetry and seven novels, among them Space, in Chains (2011) which won the National Book Critics Circle award. Kasischke is the Allan Seager Colleagiate Professor of English Language & Literature at the University of Michigan, and has received many honors for her works, including the Juniper Prize, multiple Pushcart Prizes, and the Rilke Poetry Prize. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. Known for her expertise in narrative, in both her poetry collections and in her novels, Kasischke’s novels The Life Before Her Eyes, Suspicious River, and Be Mine have been adapted for film. The winner of the Bobst Award for Emerging Writers, Kasischke’s titles have been widely translated, and are particularly well-received in France.

Table of Contents

1 Outside Are the Dogs and the Sorcerers

You've Come Back to Me 5

The Two Witnesses 6

Who 7

In This Order 9

Hurry 10

Mushrooms 11

The Invisible Passenger 12

This Is Not a Poem/Fairy Tale 14

How New a Summer Night 15

That Men Should Kill One Another 16

The First Trumpet 17

At the End of the Text, a Small Bestial Form 18

The Emptying of the Censers 20

Canto One 22

Barbed Wire 26

Beast of the Sea 27

To Do 28

Perspective 30

Hair 31

The Second Trumpet 32

2 At the End of the Text, a Small Bestial Form

Beast of the Sea 35

Boy in Park 36

Beati mortui 37

Room 38

Masks 40

Game 41

The Invalid 43

Lottery 44

Rondeau 46

Milk Tree 47

The Woman Escapes 48

Binoculars 53

The Third Trumpet 54

A Dog, About to Pounce, Looks Back 56

For the Young Woman I Saw Hit by a Car While Riding Her Bike 57

3 That Men Should Kill One Another

Cecidit, cecidit Babylon 63

The Book of Life 64

Twentieth-Century Poetry 66

Abel de Larue, 1582 69

The Cure 70

Six Days 74

Comedy 75

Ativan 77

The Second Death 78

The Common Cold 79

K- 82

Outside Are the Dogs and the Sorcerers 83

Midnight 84

Beast of the Sea 86

4 A Dog, About to Pounce, Looks Back

Beast of the Sea 89

Oblivion 90

May Morning 91

Fiftieth Birthday 92

Of the Dead White Men 93

Tall Grass 95

Helicopter 96

Fantasy/Sci-Fi 97

Christ Appears in a Mandorla Enclosed by a Cloud 99

Door 100

The Martyr's Motel 101

The Accident 103

Ivan 105

The First Resurrection 107

Recall the Carousel 108

Nine Herbs 109

Atmosphere 113

Over 115

Present Perfect 117

Acknowledgments 119

About the Author 121

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