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Kasichke's verses walk that perfect Plathian line between the everyday...and the abyss of loss that lies just beneath it. -- Time Magazine, May 9, 2005

Laura Kasichke's poems probe the lives of supposedly ordinary women along with the extraordinary emotional tumult those lives conceal. -- New York Times, November 21, 2004

The poet understands the experience of life...of all the loss we must endure before we make it through. -- Review Revue, August 2005

About the Author

Laura Kasischke has published six volumes of poetry and three novels, several of which have been made into feature films. Her work has received many honors, including the Aliced Fay diCastagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Pushcart Prize, and the Elmer Holmes Bobst Award for Emerging Writers. She teaches at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Ausable Press (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931337225
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931337229
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,204,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laura Kasischke's poetry, like Sylvia Plath's, often begins and circles domestic, everyday experience: going to the country fair, trying on a dress, being pulled over by the police for speeding, eating fast food. Yet those experiences constantly point elsewhere, to perils beyond. . .Stitched through is a dark humor of someone who knows she has a lot to lose, has already had a hell of a time losing half of it and soon enough will lose the rest. And somehow, Laura Kasischke makes it all seem nearly a celebration.-Dean Young
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Award-winning poet Laura Kasischke presents Gardening in the Dark, a compilation of free-verse poetry that blends daily experience with contemplation of omnipresent forces, both internal and external, that drive one for good or ill. Speaking directly from the recognizable portions of ordinary life, yet carrying a deeper undercurrent of the human struggle, the words are evocative of the human spirit coping with adversity in mundane and severe circumstances alike. "The Internet": The first time I set down to it alone / I am flesh surrounded by space. // The space begins at the edges of my body / and from there it expands to contain // everything. // I've sinned. / Cannot be saved. / Surrounding me is this strange haze / made of information.
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