Kate Light’s third collection, Gravity’s Dream, represents personal poetry at its best. Never testing the reader’s patience with a litany of complaints, Light instead displays a sprightly wit that keeps her poems both rueful and buoyant at the same time. Her command of form, especially the sonnet, is remarkable for its force and resilience. That she sounds like no one else has been a given since her first book appeared a decade ago. It is indeed rare that a poet’s heart has been worn on her sleeve so lightly as in this gravity-defying volume.

--R.S. Gwynn

Kate Light has been one of my favorite poets for years and years now. To my eye and ear, she operates as a full master, able to somehow communicate in three lines a depth of heartache and clarity that it might take a novelist three hundred pages to convey. Her work gives me shivers.

 --Elizabeth Gilbert

 Like a twenty-first century Edna St. Vincent Millay, Kate Light infuses the sonnet with romantic energy and a tensile, delicate, quick-witted rhythm. Light truly possesses the sonnet: it is a room of her own, a room with a view . . . and a longing that lets her sonnets stand with all the great sonnets of desire from Wyatt forward.

 --Molly Peacock

 It’s hard to think of a poet so aptly named as Kate Light, except, of course, for Wordsworth. The step of her poems is light, and plenty of that luminous stuff is shed here.

--Billy Collins


Kate Light’s previous collections are The Laws of Falling Bodies (1997 Nicholas Roerich Prize) and Open Slowly (2003). Her poetry has appeared in The Paris Review, Hudson Review, Washington Post Book World, Feminist Studies, and the anthologies Good Poems for Hard Times (edited by Garrison Keillor), Western Wind, and The Penguin Book of the Sonnet. The author of two family concert pieces, Oceanophony (2003) and Einstein’s Mozart: Two Geniuses (2006), she has taught at Hunter College, Cornell University, and the Musashino Art University in Tokyo. She is also a professional violinist in New York City.