A new collection of vivid, personal and provocative work from the author of Or to Begin Again, a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award in poetry

In Ann Lauterbach’s eleventh collection, the image of a Door recurs across several poems, as she considers the perpetual dialogue between what is open and what is shut for each of us. The Door is a threshold between the inner landscape of memory, thought, imagination and dream and the outer so-called real world, which increasingly comes to us through technology’s lens, displacing and distorting our sense of intimacy, presence and relation. What is near, and what is far away? She asks about the efficacy of language itself, when confronted by the urgent uncertainties of contemporary experience.
Praise for Ann Lauterbach and Door:

“Lauterbach's poems define and inhabit a space that is both mental and physical, made of all manner of stuff, from memories of childhood to what happens when you don't know where the words will take you . . . the language is sinuous and dazzling.” —John Yau, Hyperallergic

“No poet is more attuned to small shifts in perception, to the ‘beautiful differences’ that make and unmake sense in time.” —Ben Lerner
 
“Another way of saying is another way of seeing. With its inimitable, porous syntax, this tremendously beautiful book delivers a new, caring gaze on what is torn and difficult and left ajar.” —Valeria Luiselli
 
“This is a collection I’ve been needing to have as company and guide in this time, the honest, accurate intelligence all too aware of its helplessness.  The title sequence is written in or as eschaton, the ancient word for an extreme, of place, of degree, of time; it is that quality in this poem that makes the extremity of the edge I feel myself on, and all of us on, legible and human.” —Dan Beachy-Quick