Anne Carson's book of poems come in a clear plastic box where they 'float,' which is also the title of her new collection. NPR's Scott Simon talks with the poet about her work. Anne Carson's book of poems come in a clear plastic box where they float, which is also the title of this collection - small chapbooks that hold poems, jottings, lists, reflections and excerpts of thoughts that can be shuffled, rearranged, set aside or read over and over as a reader chooses. A Fictional Essay In 29 Tangos.
Introduction Towns are the illusion that things hang together somehow, my pear, your winter. I am a scholar of towns, let God commend that. To explain what I do is simple enough. A scholar is someone who takes a position.
From which position, certain lines become visible. You will at first think I am painting the lines myself; it's not so. I merely know where to stand to see the lines that are there. And the mysterious thing, it is a very mysterious thing, is how these lines do paint themselves.
Before there were any edges or angels or virtue -- who was there to ask the questions? Well, let's not get carried away with the exegesis.
A scholar is someone who knows how to limit himself to the matter at hand.
Matter which has painted itself within lines constitutes a town. Viewed in this way the world is, as we say, an open book. But what about variant readings? For example, consider the town defined for us by Lao Tzu in the twenty-third chapter of the Tao Te Ching: A man of the way conforms to the way; a man of virtue conforms to virtue; a man of loss conforms to loss.
He who conforms to the way is gladly accepted by the way; he who conforms to virtue is gladly accepted by virtue; he who conforms to loss is gladly accepted by loss.
This sounds like a town of some importance, where a person could reach beyond himself, or meet himself, as he chose. But another scholar Kao takes a different position on the Town of Lao Tzu. Is he impatient or deeply sad or merely droll? The position you take on this may pull you separate from me.
I am not being trivial. Your separateness could kill you unless I take it form you as a sickness. What if you get stranded in the town where pears and winter are variants for one another? Can you eat winter? Canyou live six months inside a frozen pear? But there is a place, I know the place, where you will stand and see pear and winter side by side as walls stand by silence.
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.
Anne Carson (). “Plainwater: essays and poetry”, Vintage Books We're talking about the struggle to drag a thought over from the mush of the unconscious into some kind of grammar, syntax, human sense; every attempt means starting over with language. Plainwater: Essays and Poetry by Anne Carson starting at $ Plainwater: Essays and Poetry has 3 available editions to buy at Alibris UK.
Discovering Anne Carson’s books also made me do another good thing: destroy the poems I was working on. Her work made me a better critic and reader, but her books— and by then I was devouring Plainwater, Men in the Off Hours, and Eros the Bittersweet simultaneously— seemed to suggest that criticism, reading, writing, visual art.
Plainwater Quotes (showing of 35) “It is easier to tell a story of how people wound one another than of what binds them together.” ― Anne Carson, Plainwater: Essays and Poetry.
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