Poetry. "Finally an oracle with a gorgeous sense of humor. Jessica Laser's vision is singular, her voice at once formidable and intimate. Its impeccable wit imparts a bracing metaphysics. 'I said to myself as a child do not / Mistake the ghost you fear for / The ghost you are.' Here intellect sings. Everywhere agile, coruscating syntax proves music isn't only a form of beauty, it's also a mode of inquiry. Rhyme tracks relations inaccessible to reason. Repetition conducts its tests of the present, its shadow appraisals of the past's part in the future. The visceral pleasure one experiences reading these poems corresponds to the depth of their ambition: to fathom human feeling—its contradictions, its infinite shifts—and 'see how full of changes change is.'"—Margaret Ross
Jessica Laser was born in Chicago. She is the author of SERGEI KUZMICH FROM ALL SIDES (Letter Machine Editions) and the chapbooks He That Feareth Every Grass Must Not Piss in a Meadow (paradigm press) and Assumed Knowledge and the Knowledge Assumed from Experience (The Catenary Press). Her work has been supported by Brown University, The Iowa Writers' Workshop, The University of California, Berkeley, The Mastheads and The New Literary Project.
Author City: BERKELEY, CA USA