Fire and Flower
Fire and Flower
“Kasischke’s world. . .is a world in which grace and horror, beauty and carnage, tragedy and hilarity commingle.”
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Laura Kasischke is the author of several collections of poems, including Wild Brides (New York University Press, 1992) and Housekeeping in a Dream (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1995) and the novels Suspicious River and White Bird in a Blizzard. Her most recent books include a collection of poetry, Dance and Disappear (University of Massachusetts Press, 2002), winner of the 2001 Juniper Prize for Poetry, and the novel, The Life Before Her Eyes (Harcourt, 2002). She attended the University of Michigan and Columbia University. She is the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the Bobst Award for Emerging Writers. She lives in Chelsea, Michigan and teaches at Washtenaw Community College.
“Kasischke peels back the blander surfaces of the quotidian as if to find the unconscious realm just beneath the Formica.”
—The Antioch Review
“Kasischke’s breathless and disjunctive rhetoric becomes the stuff of a frightened and exhuberant intelligence, sometimes rapturous, sometimes crazed, but more often than not deceptively canny in its ostensible abandon, its sentence fractures and strange pairings … The result is a book both personal and ambitious in scope, full of the startling sympathies, little horrors, and always the irrepressible compulsion toward beauty.”
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