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Glass And God


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'The most exciting poet writing in English today' - Michael Ondaatje

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Anne Carson was born in Canada and teaches ancient Greek for a living. Her awards and honours include the Lannan Award, the Pushcart Prize, the Griffin Trust Award for Excellence in Poetry, the T.S. Eliot Prize, a Guggenheim fellowship, and the MacArthur 'Genius' Award.


Fusing confession, narrative and classicism, Carson's poetry witnesses the collision of heart and mind with breathtaking vitality. In five long poems and a final essay (the provocative ``The Gender of Sound''), her often droll tone and limber use of poetic form mediate a deeply philosophical undercurrent. The nine-part narrative poem, ``The Glass Essay,'' delivers a truth-telling mosaic of diverse subject-matter‘including the speaker's departed lover, a visit to her mother, The Collected Works of Emily Bronte, sexual despair and loneliness and visions termed ``Nudes.'' Twenty wry, swift takes on ``The Truth About God'' include God's Christ Theory and The God Coup; ``T.V. Men'' wittily casts Sappho and Antonin Artaud as television personas, and explores the medium with ever-shifting refrains such as ``TV is made of light, like shame.'' The 70 brief sections comprising ``The Fall of Rome: A Traveller's Guide'' deliver a round-robin meditation on strangers, dread, holiness, and mastery; ``Book of Isaiah'' retells the prophet's struggles in jarring language that reads at once futuristic and supremely ancient. Like a miner's lamp, Carson's nuanced voice illuminates often-unexplored interior spaces. (Nov.)

Anne Carson is a daring, learned, unsettling writer. Both in poetry and in prose (and the nimble mixtures of both that are characteristic of her work) she offers and upholds exceptional pleasures and standards. A unique figure in the North American literary landscape and not nearly as well known as she should be -- Susan Sontag
Anne Carson's poems are like notes made in their pristine urgency, as fresh and bright as a series of sudden remarks... A real poet whose poems are unfailingly memorable... [whose] powers of invention are apparently infinite -- Guy Davenport
Anne Carson is a new and brilliant talent making her English debut with this volume -- Peter Porter
She is a rare talent - brilliant and full of wit, passionate and also deeply moving. Her long poem 'The Glass Essay' is oen of the best of our time -- Michael Ondaatje

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