Judge Irena Praitis wrote of this debut poetry collection:

With sensitivity, grace, and artistic deftness the poems in Lisa Rosenberg’s A Different Physics ache with the understanding that our modes of knowing the world—theoretical, mathematical, lingual—open as much distance as insight, moving us further away from what we seek to touch. And yet the wisdom of these poems keeps reaching, offering the realization that sometimes we seek these distances, these handles, to mitigate the ways the wonders of the world burn us. Wandering through the corridors and paths of these poems, we learn how to make a present out of the remnants of torn up pasts, the pieces carefully gathered and re-sewn; we discover how the freedom of flight is encumbered by the constraints of secrecy, familial obligations, and fears of failing. Rosenberg’s poems meet at the crux of so many of our contemporary concerns: How do we maintain wonder for the elemental when so intent on molding it for our purposes? How do we keep faith in ourselves in the face of our own failures? By uncovering a haunting sense of fragility and impermanence in something as steadfastly stony as the fossil record, Rosenberg both records and celebrates the ways we know and open frames that have the potential to become joyous “through every season, and in every light.”


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