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Plainwater: Essays and Poetry.

Poetry] Carson, Anne.

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ISBN 10: 0679431780 / ISBN 13: 9780679431787
Published by Knopf, New York, 1995
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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

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Title: Plainwater: Essays and Poetry.

Publisher: Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1995

Edition: First Printing of the First Edition

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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.
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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 of Plainwater dazzle us with the intervention and enlighten us with their erudition.

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