Title: Plainwater: Essays and Poetry.
Publisher: Knopf, New York
Publication Date: 1995
Edition: First Printing of the First Edition
Near Fine copy with two slight corner bumps in a Near Fine unclipped dust jacket with hust a hint of fading to the spine. This collection of Carson's work is broken into five sections: Mimnermos: The Brainsex Paintings; Short Talks; Canicula di Anna; The Life of Towns; The Antropology of Water. Catalog Jasper. Bookseller Inventory # 23867
Synopsis: From Anne Carson, the award-winning Canadian author of Autobiography of Red, comes a landmark collection that stretches the boundaries of genre, pressing the traditional form of the essay into new service. In succinct and astonishingly beautiful prose and verse, Anne Carson exposes the fragile differences between "I" and "you," and between the modern and the classical, in a voice that shatters convention with its integrity and clarity.
Carson envisions a present-day interview with a 7th- century BC poet; lectures on subjects as diverse as hedonism and Ovid; imagines a 15th-century painter's muse at a phenomenology conference in Italy; and in the final section presents a poetic travelogue of a woman's life that beautifully contemplates the difference between the sexes. Plainwater is a stunning collection.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
From the Back Cover:
"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
"Anne Carson is a philosopher of heartbreak." -- The Nation
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