Plainwater: Essays and Poetryby Anne Carson
The poetry and prose collected in Plainwater are a testament to the extraordinary imagination of Anne Carson, a writer described by Michael Ondaatje as "the most exciting poet writing in English today." Succinct and astonishingly beautiful, these pieces stretch the boundaries of language and literary form, while juxtaposing classical and modern traditions.
Carson envisions a present-day interview with a seventh-century BC poet, and offers miniature lectures on topics as varied as orchids and Ovid. She imagines the muse of a fifteenth-century painter attending a phenomenology conference in Italy. She constructs verbal photographs of a series of mysterious towns, and takes us on a pilgrimage in pursuit of the elusive and intimate anthropology of water. Blending the rhythm and vivid metaphor of poetry with the discursive nature of the essay, the writings in Plainwater dazzle us with their invention and enlighten us with their erudition.
"Breathtaking...[a] work of gorgeous innovation and a staunch, hypnotic intelligence." -The Village Voice
"Carson has created an individual form and style for narrative verse. Seldom has Pound's injunction Make It New been so spectacularly obeyed." -The New York Review of Books
"Carson writes like an angelHer passions recall that incandescent chronicler of love Elizabeth Smart [and] Malcolm Lowry's passionate stream of consciousness." -Katherine Govier, TIME
Meet the Author
Anne Carson lives in Montreal where she is the Director of Graduate Studies, Classics, at McGill University. She is the recipient of many awards, including the QSPELL A.M. Klein Poetry Prize, the 1996 Lannan Award and the 1997 Pushcart Prize. Her most recent book, Autobiography of Red, was a finalist for the National Book Critics' Circle Award and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
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