A Different Physics
From thistles and fossils, to the inner workings of spacecraft, the poems in A Different Physics move with lyric power through landscape, culture, and inquiry.
“Rosenberg’s poems meet at the crux of so many of our contemporary concerns.”
— Irena Praitis, 2017 Red Mountain Poetry Prize judge
A slide rule carries us from grief back to innocence. A silicon wafer reflects sexual politics and art history. Realms of the military-industrial complex shape personal and national mythologies.
With musicality and formal breadth, these poems of curiosity, cynicism, reverence, and transformation invite us to consider the forces that shape our thoughts and our lives, as well as paths toward new possibilities for both.
“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.