Men in the Off Hours

Men in the Off Hours

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Anne Carson has been acclaimed by her peers as the most imaginative poet writing today. In a recent profile, "The New York Times Magazine" paid tribute to her amazing ability to combine the classical and the modern, the mundane and the surreal, in a body of work that is sure to endure. In Men in the Off Hours, Carson offers further proof of her tantalizing gifts. Reinventing figures as diverse as Oedipus, Emily Dickinson, and Audubon, Carson sets up startling juxtapositions: Lazarus among video paraphernalia, Virginia Woolf and Thucydides discussing war, Edward Hopper paintings illuminated by St. Augustine. And in a final prose poem, she meditates movingly on the recent death of her mother. With its quiet, acute spirituality and its fearless wit and sensuality, Men in the Off Hours shows us a fiercely individual poet at her best.
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 2000
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375408038
Branch Call Number: 819.154 CAR


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Mar 29, 2017

I have to confess that I'm surprised this was even considered publishable: wonky, waify, and boring to boot. Only the two essays "Ordinary Time" and "Dirt and Desire" and the poem "No Epitaph" had any interest and excitement when reading them.

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