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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.
“Rosenberg’s poems meet at the crux of so many of our contemporary concerns.”
— Irena Praitis, 2017 Red Mountain Poetry Prize judge
…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.” — Irena Praitis, 2017 Red Mountain Poetry Prize Judge
“Lisa Rosenberg’s poetry challenges the myth that the arts and sciences don’t mix.”
— March 29, 2018 State Lines, San Francisco Chronicle
“The rigor necessary for the scientific understanding can complement and expand the wonder that accompanies people of faith, or can stand on its own as it bestows pleasure and knowledge. A different physics indeed.”
— Sept. 17, 2018 The Rumpus
“Red Mountain Press awards an annual prize of $1000 and publication of a full length poetry book. This year the Poetry Prize went to Lisa Rosenberg for A DIFFERENT PHYSICS.”
— October 1, 2017 Red Mountain Press
“Scientist poet” Lisa Rosenberg is named Poet Laureate of San Mateo County.