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Glass, Irony and God

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Anne Carson's poetry—characterized by various reviewers as "short talks," "essays," or "verse narratives"—combines the confessional and the critical in a voice all her own.
Known as a remarkable classicist, Anne Carson weaves contemporary and ancient poetic strands with stunning style in Glass, Irony and God. This collection includes: "The Glass Essay," a powerful poem about the end of a love affair, told in the context of Carson's reading of the Brontë sisters; "Book of ...

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Overview

Anne Carson's poetry—characterized by various reviewers as "short talks," "essays," or "verse narratives"—combines the confessional and the critical in a voice all her own.
Known as a remarkable classicist, Anne Carson weaves contemporary and ancient poetic strands with stunning style in Glass, Irony and God. This collection includes: "The Glass Essay," a powerful poem about the end of a love affair, told in the context of Carson's reading of the Brontë sisters; "Book of Isaiah," a poem evoking the deeply primitive feel of ancient Judaism; and "The Fall of Rome," about her trip to "find" Rome and her struggle to overcome feelings of a terrible alienation there.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811213028
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995
  • Pages: 142
  • Sales rank: 283,542
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Carson was born in Canada and teaches ancient Greek for a living at New York University. Her awards and honors include the Lannan Award, the Pushcart Prize, the Griffin Trust Award for Excellence in Poetry, a Guggenheim fellowship, and the MacArthur “Genius” Award. She is the author of Nox; Glass, Irony and God; The Autobiography of Red; The Beauty of the Husband; Decreation; Economy of the Unlost; Eros the Bittersweet; Grief Lessons; If Not, Winter; Men in the Off Hours; and Plainwater.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
The Glass Essay 1
The Truth About God 39
TV Men 55
The Fall of Rome: A Traveller's Guide 73
Book of Isaiah 107
The Gender of Sound 119
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