Other literary forms

(Poets and Poetry in America)

While foremost a poet, Laura Kasischke (kah-SHIHSK) also has found success with another literary form, the novel. Her 1996 debut novel, Suspicious River, tells the story of a young woman who works at a motel and provides sexual services for an extra fee. The level of sex and violence in the work was unusual for a literary novel. Kasischke followed that novel with others that were less explicit but not necessarily lighter in tone, including The Life Before Her Eyes (2002), which dealt with the aftermath of a high school shooting. Both of these novels were made into feature-length films. Some of her novels have been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Romanian, German, and Japanese. She has also written two books for young adults, Boy Heaven (2006) and Feathered (2008). Kasischke’s stories and poems have been published in Poetry, Ploughshares, The New Republic, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Georgia Review, Harper’s, and American Poetry Review.