Travel Notes from the River Styx

Travel Notes from the River Styx

by Susanna Lang


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In the earnest and beautiful Travel Notes from the River Styx, Susanna Lang peers into the tiny mirrors of a river’s current, the mirror her father cannot see himself in, the rearview mirror in which she spies sandhill cranes on an afternoon drive as she interrogates the natural and, at times, unnatural world. The result is a collection of double images: the moon a “copper coin with the sheen worn off,” “the flag [that] slips down the pole,” the country where her grandmother was born once called Russia, now Ukraine. As clear in its language as it is rich in argument, there’s something for everyone in Travel Notes, for travelers are exactly what this poet proclaims we are. It’s impossible to read this collection without wondering what doubles wait/lurk/reside beneath the skin of our bodies and of our world.

—Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum

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ISBN-13: 9780998215907
Publisher: Terrapin Books
Publication date: 05/26/2017
Pages: 106
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)

About the Author

Susanna Lang is the author of two previous books of poetry-Even Now (The Backwaters Press, 2008) and Tracing the Lines (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2013). Her poems have been anthologized in Love Rise Up and City of Big Shoulders as well as Northern Music: Poems About and Inspired by Glenn Gould, and have appeared in such journals as december magazine, North American Review, Poetry East, and Prairie Schooner. A two-time Hambidge fellow and a recipient of the Emerging Writers Fellowship from the Bethesda Writer's Center, her translations of poetry by Yves Bonnefoy include Words in Stone and The Origin of Language. She lives in Chicago, where she teaches in the Chicago Public Schools.

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