By Laura Kasischke
"Kasischke's intelligence is so much obvious in her syntactic keep watch over and velocity, the way in which she gauges simply whilst to make loose verse accelerate, or cease brief, or gradual down."—The big apple occasions publication Review
"Kasischke's poems are powered by way of a skillful use of images and the delicate, inventive means she turns a phrase."—Austin American-Statesman
Laura Kasischke's poems have an analogous haunting features and fact as our so much effective stories and desires. via ghostly voices, fragmented narratives, overheard conversations, songs, and prayers in language akin to medieval lyrics switched over into modern idiom, the poems in Space, In Chains create a visceral strangeness real to its personal music.
So we chanced on ourselves in an historic position, the very
air round us certain via chains. There was
stagnant water during which lightning
was mirrored, like desperation
in a death eye. Like technology. Like
a boring rock plummeting via area, tossing
off plants and veils, like a bride. And
also the subway.
Speed less than ground.
And the best way every one physique within the room looked as if it would be
a jar of wasps and flies that day—but, enchanted,
like fearful children's laughter.
Laura Kasischke is the writer of 13 books of poetry and fiction. Her novel Her lifestyles prior to Her Eyes was once tailored for the display and starred Uma Thurman. A Guggenheim Fellow in 2009, she teaches within the MFA software on the college of Michigan.
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49 This speech is delivered by the rivergod Volturnus himself, leaning against an arch of the new bridge and employing prayer-formulae very similar to those employed by Hercules when he addresses Pollius Felix on the threshold of his temple. In the case of the rivergod we encounter one of Statius’ rare allusions to writing and, specifically, to an inscription, when Volturnus tells Domitian how the emperor will be rendered on the bridge, as maximus arbiter and uictor perpetuus of the riverbank, although the ambiguity of the verb is masterful: he will 49 Trans.
1–4) ed. -W. Rinn, 2 (Silv. 5, Theb. -L. Achaintre, 3–4 (Theb. L. Boutteville] [Frankfurt 1833 (Weber)] Corpus poetarum latinorum uno volumine absolutum cum selecta varietate lectionis et explicatione brevissima edidit Guilielmus Ernestus Weber, Francofurti ad Moenum, sumptimbus et typis Henrici Ludovici Broenneri. [Paris 1835–6 (Dübner)] Publii Papinii Statii Opera quae exstant cum notis aliorum et suis edidit Fr. Dubner, Parisiis, excudit C. L. F. Panckoucke. STONES IN THE FOREST: EPIGRAPHIC ALLUSION IN THE SILVAE* Kathleen M.
See McKeown 1998, 144. 19 Tolman 1910, 2–3. 21 It is important to stress that epitaphs do not have a monopoly on the inscriptions embedded in Latin verse. The Heroides are a useful example to set beside the Silvae, since, although their subject-matter is mythological, their epistolary form clothes the stories in the quotidian atmosphere of the real world. To cite examples of three non-funerary types from this work: an inscription on a statue-base is represented by the titulus that Phyllis imagines carving beneath a putative statue of Demophoon (Her.