Winner of the 20th Annual Julia Ward Howe Award.
From Nothing, a book-length poem in sections, explores the conflicted and exemplary life of Belgian physicist and priest, Georges Lemaître, known as “the father of the Big Bang,” and his life’s profound implications, through what John Barth called the principle of metaphoric means: “the writer’s investiture in as many aspects of the text as possible with emblematic significance.” Though associative and multivalent in its orchestration, From Nothing weaves its frequencies into a resonant whole.
from “(Origin),” from From Nothing:
A little sand, a little soda, a little lime once used to embalm the dead, and out of black hole and kiln the molten bubble gathers like honey on a dipper for the blower to stretch breath into glass, the pipe a silent horn shaping the form with its emptiness to be marvered and mandrelled, jacked and lathed. In your father’s factory the vessels anneal, neat rows of flagons, jars, mould blown, ribbed and decorated, every glinted edge and pattern the fire will destroyso the life foreseen becomes a retrospect foreknown: the char-black rolling country of the Pays Noir from which your people came…