A knife so sharp its edge cannot be seen by Erin Noteboom

A knife so sharp its edge cannot be seen is a book by Erin Noteboom.

A poetry book that explores grief, physics, art and science

The beige book cover features a close-up image of the tip of an old knife. The knife tip is illustrated with grooves and lines.

Erin Noteboom's A knife so sharp its edge cannot be seen takes exact and exquisite measurement of what carries a voice through illness, grief, loss, and through the failures and triumphs of work and love. Various theories and hypotheses are tested in these poems: sadness is knowledge and science "is only half a turn from love." Whether Noteboom is examining the life and work of physicist Marie Curie or compressing imagistic gems from plaintive, important questions like "What lasts?", there is everywhere in these poems a shadow-scratching curiosity, vital research, and an acknowledgement of the long waits in a life between discoveries. An essential marriage between the arts and science, A knife so sharp its edge cannot be seen is full of poems that readers will savour long after closing their eyes and raising the vial. (From Brick Books)

Erin Noteboom is a former physicist who currently writes poetry and young adult novels. Originally from Nebraska, Noteboom came to Canada in 1997. Her poetry collections include ​Seal Up the Thunder.

Noteboom won the CBC Poetry Prize in 2001 for her poem Poems for Carl Hruska and made the 2021 CBC Poetry Prize longlist for her poem How to write at the end of the world.

Publishing YA fiction under the name Erin Bow, her novels include Plain KateThe Scorpion RulesThe Swan RidersStand on the Sky and Sorrow's KnotPlain Kate won the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award in 2011.