Anne Carson featured in:
Best American Poetry: 2004
(guest editor Lyn Hejinian) with "Gnosticism",
a 4-page poem in 6 sections.
Best American Poetry: 2002
(guest editor Robert Creeley) with "Opposed Glimpse
of Alice James, Garth James, Henry James, Robertson James, and William James".
Best American Poetry: 2001
(guest editor Robert Hass) with
"Longing: A Documentary".
Best American Poetry: 1998
(guest editor John Hollander) with "TV Men: Antigone (Scripts 1 and 2)".
Best American Poetry: 1990
(guest editor Jorie Graham) with
[Best poem in the collection:]
"The Life of Towns".
General attributes of books of poems by Anne Carson
- Dense with classicist references and allusions.
- Some game-playing and invention of myth.
- One of our most interesting explorers of 'the line' in poetry.
Poetry of Anne Carson.
Books are shown alphabetically. Time line is at the end.
Autobiography of Red: a Novel in Verse (1998)
Striking movement of a legend into the modern world.
Other writers have compared
has a more interesting voice, in this book, compared with anything of Gluck's.
- Her 1st novel in verse.
- An intense story of a young, red, winged boy and man called Geryon,
the name of a 'monster' defeated by Herakles.
- Dedication: FOR WILL.
- Five prefatory sections:
- "Red Meat: What Difference did Stesichoros Make?"
- "Red Meat: Fragments of Stesichoros"
16 fragments, set in a world that seems at once archaic and at the same time
the modern world of taxis and hot plates and glass-bottomed boats.
- "Appendix A: Testimonia on the question of Stesichoros' blinding by Helen"
- "Appendix B: A palindrome"
- "Appendix C: Clearing up the question of Stesichoros' blinding by Helen"
- The main section is:
- "Autobiography of Red: a Romance"
- Prefaced with Emily Dickinson's poem 1748: in the circumstances,
one is surprised to discover that this poem was written by Dickinson.
- Each poem is double-spaced, which makes it easier to read,
regardless of whether each section is a single stanza (presumably)
or each line is a single stanza.
- A closing section, which is a faux "Interview" with Stesichoros.
- 47 poems in 124 pages (thus almost 3 pages per poem on average).
The Beauty of the Husband (2001)
- Subtitled 'a fictional essay in 29 tangos'.
- Makes me wonder if the tango is a dance of seduction or a dance of revenge.
This book feels like a revenge job.
- Nothing special to make it worth rereading.
- Reports events in the breakdown of a marriage,
in a jokey-complaining way.
Although called 'fictional' may be autobiographical in part.
- No dedication.
- Acknowledges no first publications.
- A few interesting lines, like:
"Dawn was pushing the sky up like a venetian blind."
"I miss you desperately love you always am
sorry for everything. It all
happened so fast."
- Winner of
the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry, perhaps in part because of its heavy erudition and use of quotations.
- 30 poems (29 'tangos' and a final poem) in 71 pages (interleaved with 70 pages that are either
blank or that quote some non-existent works of John Keats);
as a result there are about 2.4 pages per poem on average.
- Each poems is, in layout and in effect, its own section.
- Punctuation from the first 10 poems shows her comparable to
in sprinkling punctuation through her poems, with a little more use of italics and parentheses
somewhat less used of the colon,
and little use of the semicolon compared with
- italics in 8 (80%)
- parentheses in 8 (80%)
- dash in 7 (70%)
- question mark in 7 (70%)
- colon in 4 (40%)
- exclamation mark in 2 (20%)
- square brackets in 2 (20%)
- lacuna in 1 (10%)
- semicolon in 0
- 5 (50%) of the first 10 poems address 'you'.
Translations by Anne Carson.
Books are shown alphabetically by title. Time line is at the end.
If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho (2002)
- Published Goddesses And Wise Women.
- Published Glass, Irony, and God.
- Published her
Economy of the Unlost.
- Published Men in the Off Hours.
- Translation of the fragments of
If Not Winter.
Carson teaches ancient Greek for a living.
- A poem included in the Best American Poetry: 2002.
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