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Decreation: Poetry, Essays, Opera

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"One of the most interesting gatherings of material that any poet has published within living memory." --The Economist

Simone Weil described "decreation" as "undoing the creature in us" -- an undoing of self. In her first collection in five years, Anne Carson explores this idea with characteristic brilliance and a tantalizing range of reference, moving from Aphrodite to Antonioni, Demosthenes to Annie Dillard, Telemachos to Trotsky, and writing in forms as varied as opera libretto, screenplay, poem, oratorio, essay, shot list, and rapture. As she makes her way through these forms she slowly dismantles them, and in doing so seeks to move through the self, to its undoing.

"Cool, resolute, smart, and lovely.... Carson has emerged in the last two decades as a kind of prophet of the unknowable." --The Village Voice

Author: Anne Carson
Binding Type: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Published: 10/10/2006
Series: Vintage Contemporaries
Pages: 272
Weight: 0.5lbs
Size: 8.00h x 5.10w x 0.70d
ISBN: 9781400078905

About the Author

ANNE CARSON was born in Canada and has been a professor of Classics for over thirty years. Her awards and honors include the Lannan Award, the Pushcart Prize, the Griffin Trust Award for Excellence in Poetry, and fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations.