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READ & DOWNLOAD Ó RANDARENEWABLES.CO.UK Ú Laura Kasischke Laura Kasischke's poems have the same haunting ualities 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 contempora. ‘ Get me a set of simple tools out of which to fashion a song for these’ Space in Chains is a feast of metaphors exploring the grim facts of life love and death and the way we are stitched together in an eternal chain of such knowledge as it moves towards eternity generation by generation Kasischke strings together subtle connections between vibrant varied ideas together creating a sort of hazy transparent glimpse at the heart of each poem It is fitting that so many are simple entitled ‘Riddle’ as that is precisely what they are The poems are a sort of head game played by piecing together the emotional residue that collects in the heart as each image passes through it This is a very cerebral type of poetry reuiring both the heart and mind to work together to reach the overall mosaic style goal in each poem like two children putting together a puzzle on the kitchen floor However Kasischke ultimately wishes to ensnare the mind over the heart so the poetry occasionally registers as cold and numb being like a math problem on the chalkboard than heart warming prose The poems are often of bleak topics death being a near constant companion through each page yet she approaches them with an almost cold indifference Death pain love grief are all commonplace and everyday occurrences so Kasischke treats them as such Pain and sorrow are as eual as the boredom of waiting for the bus ‘ The sun shining dumbly all over this world and its troubles’ is her image of reality and it is no surprise that her poetry offers no real answer to the troubles of the world other than simple acceptance Religion is touched upon yet viewed as of a bandage than an actual solution Her poems insist that all we have is each other to love and to hold to remember and be remembered by It is through the passing of stories love and knowledge that we find an eternity We have our parents to teach us life lessons ‘ who taught me to love by loving me Who by dying taught me to die’ and then we have our children to whom we must pass these lessons on to This endless flow from person to person seems reflected in her style The line breaks usually come in mid thought keeping our eyes always jumping forward each idea leading into the next much like how each life leads to the nextLaura Kasischke is uite the busy writer While teaching in the MFA program at the University of Michigan she has managed to release eight novels eight collections of poetry and been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment of arts This collection her eighth displays a great talent for creativity and a wonderful focus Plus she is published through Copper Canyon Press which is home to the great WS Merwin While this collection doesn’t uite charm in the fashion I usually enjoy through poetry it is uite intellectually stimulating and stunning nonetheless3755HeartMindA bear batting at a beehive howclumsy the mindalways was with the heart Wantingwhat it wantedThe blizzard’saccountant howtimidly the heart approached the businessof the mind Countingwhat it countedLight inside a cage the way the heart Bird trapped in an airport the way the mind How it flashed on the floor of the phone booth mylast dime Andthis letterI didn’t sendhow surprisingto find it nowAll this love I must have feltYour last daySo we found ourselves in an ancient place the veryair around us bound by chains There wasstagnant water in which lightningwas reflected like desp

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FREE READ ê Space, in Chains Ú Laura Kasischke's poems have the same haunting ualities 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 strange Ry 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 veryair around us bound by chains There wasstagnant water in which lightningwas reflected like desperationin a dying eye Lik. Skilled but depressingSo many books of verse coming out of the American creative writing establishment seem almost to be about the same person middle aged middle class concerned with the mortality of themselves and others haunted by memories of family dysfunction and failed relationships It gets discouraging after a while and this book doesn't do much to lighten the load The verse is skillful than is often the case in such books with some interesting techniues of rhyme both full and slant internal and external which may repay study and the occasional striking phrase Too often though I thought the verses characterized by the faults also typical of such works the veering off into prosiness the lack of formal intellectual and emotional unity in too many poems and an apparently willful obscurity fogging up much of what is implied to be a narrative Recommendation those into contemporary American verse may find these pieces of some interest but I wouldn't recommend the book to general readers looking to explore modern poetry

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Space in ChainsE science Likea dull rock plummeting through space tossingoff flowers and veils like a bride And also the subwaySpeed under groundAnd the way each body in the room appeared to bea jar of wasps and flies that day but enchantedlike frightened children's laughter. I don't feel well versed enough in modern poetry to be able to say anything about how Space In Chains compares to anything else or if it merits all of the awards and distinctions that it's earned from NYT National Book Critics etc but I can say that for me it accomplished what I think all poetry ought to aim to do leave me in wonder of how such big ideas and strong emotions can be conveyed with such an economy of words