Celebrated as both novelist and poet, Laura Kasischke has consistently demonstrated a compellingly wry humor and sense of incredulous horror as she mines the narratives and observations of what it means to exist. In Where Now: New and Selected Poems, Kasischke, drawing upon her nine previous poetry collections, ventures to see through “the shameful, rubbery secret at the center of all of us.” Her poems may as readily settle on an image or an object and follow its story: mirrors, walls, and skin are entered into as the poet reveals their symbolic depths. In this essential volume, a stunning book-length selection of new work frames the retrospective.
“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
“This long-awaited selected volume presents the breadth of Kasischke’s probing and subversive vision, showcasing her command of the symbolic, with a keen attention to sound in her exploration of the everyday.” —Publishers Weekly
“…This poet is deeply smart in a way that isn’t often articulated in the world and her fusions and images can add up to revelation. That in itself is reason to laud the publication of Where Now.”—The Brooklyn Rail
“Vivid, insightful, and sometimes angry, Kasischke’s voice is great company for the reader… This is a collection of masterful poems that are honest about the experience of being a person while posing urgent philosophical questions and answering them through the act of art that chimes and throws sparks.”—Academy of American Poets
“Sign after sign has informed us over the years of Laura Kasischke’s steady climb to the upper slopes of Parnassus… Now she is permanently ensconced, lyre in hand, with a New and Selected Poems.” —Eclectica Magazine