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Dance and Disappear

by Laura Kasischke

Dance and Disappear Synopsis

The subject matter of these poems is ordinary: motherhood, marriage, sexuality, middle age, ambivalence, mortality, the Midwest. But in addressing these topics, Laura Kasischke finds and reveals the strangeness of the most common traditions and dilemmas. These are poems that work to fuse reality and dream, life and death, logic and illogic. Kasischke precisely renders the experience we have of ourselves as physical and time-bound beings existing in a psychological and spiritual realm that seems to have no barriers or laws. The poems in this collection are both narrative and lyric, grounded in reality but also surreal, at once fully realized and merely hinting at what might be.

Dance and Disappear Press Reviews

Laura Kasischke handles earthly subjects adeptly even while making visionary leaps. [She] can recall James Wright, Randall Jarrell, or Jorie Graham, but she resembles none for long. Volatile, sometimes shocking, and seamless, her poems greet, tame, or confront the trials of puberty, medicine and marriage.... Balancing the quotidian with the estranging, fluent sentences with rumbling stanzas, and tenderness with anger, Kasischke shows as superb a feel for the bravura enjambments as for single details. Poems plummet into apparent melodrama, pull out of it, and then pull off (like stunt flyers) - maneuvers that depend on those perilous dives. - Stephen Burt, Lingua Franca

Book Information

ISBN: 9781558493520
Publication date: 31st May 2002
Author: Laura Kasischke
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 60 pages
Categories: Poetry by individual poets,

About Laura Kasischke

LAURA KASISCHKE is the author of three previous books of poetry, Wild Brides, Housekeeping in a Dream, and Fire & Flower, and two novels, Suspicious River and White Bird in a Blizzard. Her new novel, The Life before Her Eyes, is forthcoming. She lives in Chelsea, Michigan.

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