The Infinitesimals, Laura Kasischke’s ninth poetry collection, exhibits the same highly evocative and symbolic style that earned her Space, in Chains the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. Informed by illness and the deaths of loved ones, Kasischke’s new work embraces the living, sensual world with mysterious and lyrical imagery. The bodies in these poems remember their losses vividly, while the phantoms here know the physical world better than the living do. Kasischke’s poetry remains blatant and enigmatic, indelible and ephemeral, as it speaks of and to this world.
“The future will not—should not—see us by one poet alone. But if there is any justice in that future, Kasischke is one of the poets it will choose.” —Boston Review