Men in the Off Hours by Anne Carson

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Following her widely acclaimed Autobiography of Red ("A spellbinding achievement" --Susan Sontag), a new collection of poetry and prose that displays Anne Carson's signature mixture of opposites--the classic and the modern, cinema and print, narrative and verse.

In Men in the Off Hours, Carson reinvents figures as diverse as Oedipus, Emily Dickinson, and Audubon. She views the writings of Sappho, St. Augustine, and Catullus through a modern lens. She sets up startling juxtapositions (Lazarus among video paraphernalia; Virginia Woolf and Thucydides discussing war). And in a final prose poem, she meditates on the recent death of her mother.

With its quiet, acute spirituality, its fearless wit and sensuality, and its joyful understanding that "the fact of the matter for humans is imperfection," Men in the Off Hours shows us "the most exciting poet writing in English today" (Michael Ondaatje) at her best.

About Anne Carson

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Anne Carson was born December 16, 1950. Carson is a poet, an essayist, and a classicist. She is the director of the graduate program in Classics at McGill University, where she also teaches Latin and Greek. Carson is perhaps besst know for Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse, which won the 1998 QSPELL Prize for Poetry. Carson recently won the 2001 Griffin Poetry Prize for Men in the Off Hours. Carson also won the T.S. Eliot poetry prize for The Beauty of the Husband, the first woman to win the award in its nine-year history. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1998 and received a $500,000 MacArthur Fellowship in 2000. Carson is the author of seven books.
Published January 1, 2000 by NY: Knopf,. 166 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Creating metaphor (i.e., saying a thing is something it's not) “causes the mind to experience itself / in the act of making a mistake.” Yet metaphors “teach the mind / to enjoy error / and to learn / from the juxtaposition of WHAT IS and WHAT IS NOT the case.” Such juxtapositions (and not merely ...

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Here lies the refugee breather/ Who drank a bowl of elsewhere."" Potential keys to many poems reside in two brisk, scholarly prose essays at the beginning and near the end--""Virginia Woolf and Thucydides on War"" and ""Dirt and Desire: Female Pollution in Antiquity."" Woolf reappears in the poem...

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to the rhetorical essays complete with footnotes or the essays that read like poems, Carson’s Men in the Off Hoursmakes it clear that those two separate desks at which Carson often claims to work--one for "creative" work and the other for "critical"--are getting very cl...

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