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.
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.