In her stunning twelfth poetry collection, Lightning Falls in Love, Laura Kasischke makes magic with a complex alchemy of nostalgia and fire, birdwing and sorrow. In new poems that search the murky lake for news of the past, she evokes unsayable trauma and gleans possibility. This is poetry that is existential in scope but grounded in the body, surreal yet suburban, reaching for clarity just beyond the fog of the day-to-day. Kasischke has found an entirely new way to spin beauty and pull breath from that which must be dredged up and revived before it can be left behind.
“Kasischke delivers intriguing scenarios in cut-glass, page-turningly readable verse that carries shadows underneath. . . . Inventive, if more unsettling than whimsical, these top-notch poems acutely observe an unpredictable world. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal, starred review
“Magic and survival are at the center of Kasischke’s marvelous 12th poetry collection. A master of the symbolic, Kasischke evokes shadowy figures and totems. . . . Oscillating between the real and the surreal, and memory and imagination, these entries will leave readers feeling as if they’ve emerged from these pages as though stumbling out of murky water—’the deepest, the darkest, the/ muddiest lake of them all/ in which the bones of corpses/ dissolve into cattails’—having paid witness to the secret world hidden there. This book is a triumph of storytelling by a master of craft.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Laura Kasischke’s latest poetry collection, Lightning Falls in Love, is a charming address to time and the eternities sustained in memory. In fifty-two poems, Kasischke moves multilaterally over the many folds and features of memory, both personal and fantastic.” —ZYZZYVA