"These are ambitious, moving poems, deft, panged, and stunning."--Dean Young"Existential chilliness, mourning, and dread find a uniquely compelling voice in Thomas Heise's poetry. . . ."--Alan Williamson" 'Horror Vacui' offers an often vertiginous account of how death imposes [an] irresistible fact on minds bent on both accommodating and resisting this one inevitable yet impossible truth. . . . And it's this property of being barely held together that makes 'Horror Vacui' so striking. . . . an extraordinary mood piece."--Ray McDanielIn his haunting debut collection 'Horror Vacui', Thomas Heise explores the fear of empty space, a mysterious and abiding absence that is a pronounced presence in this poet's lyrical voice.