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Horror Vacui, Thomas Heise


"Horror Vacui" (fear of empty spaces) is a Latin phrase used to describe the psychic condition that haunts medieval and renaissance illuminated manuscripts. Heise's poetry alludes to this tradition as he explores the death of his father.

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Thomas Heise is the author of Horror Vacui: Poems (Sarabande, 2006), Urban Underworlds: A Geography of Twentieth-Century American Literature and Culture (Rutgers University Press, 2010), and Moth; or how I came to be with you again (Sarabande, 2013). He is an Associate Professor of English at McGill University and divides his time between Montreal and New York City.