Macbeth in Venice by William Logan
(Poets, Penguin)

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One of the most technically gifted poets of his generation, William Logan here presents four sequences, each of which is haunted by the battered history of the enchanted city of Venice: two refugees from Nazi Germany replay a version of the Aeneid that shadows their lives in and out of Venice; the comedy of Tiepolo's Punchinello drawings are given mocking narrative; a modern traveler finds in Venice's insects, birds, and fish a nature that endures within an unnatural city; and, in a formal sequence reminiscent of W. H. Auden's "The Sea and the Mirror," King James commissions a revision of Macbeth in order to impress the chief magistrate. These new poems showcase Logan's trademark refinement and erudition.
 

About William Logan

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WILLIAM LOGAN has published ten volumes of poetry and five volumes of essays and poetry, including The Undiscovered Country, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism. He lives in Gainesville, Florida, and Cambridge, England.
 
Published May 27, 2003 by Penguin Books. 96 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The collection concludes in a rewriting of Macbeth: Logan gives voice to an imagined Macbeth daughter, to Lady Macbeth's mirror, to the trees in Birnam Wood.

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