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  • Published: 15 October 2006
  • ISBN: 9780224079266
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $35.00

Decreation


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A stunning new collection from the first woman to win the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry.

In her first collection in five years, Anne Carson contemplates 'decreation' – an activity described by Simone Weil as 'undoing the creature in us' – an undoing of self. But how can we undo self without moving through self, to the very inside of its definition? Where else can we start?
Anne Carson's Decreation starts with form – the undoing of form. Form is various here: opera libretto, screenplay, poem, oratorio, essay, list, montage. The undoing is tender, but tenderness can change everything, or so the author appears to believe.
By turns exhilarating and bewildering, lucid and hermetic, Anne Carson is a maverick with a thrilling range of skills. As Charles Simic says, 'Carson takes risks, subverts literary conventions, and plays havoc with our expectations. She is a wonder: an unconventional, often difficult poet who has a huge following among today's readers of poetry and whose work has been honoured with our most prestigious literary awards.'

  • Pub date: 15 October 2006
  • ISBN: 9780224079266
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $35.00

About the Author

Anne Carson

Anne Carson was born in Canada and has been a professor of Classics for over thirty years. Her awards and honours include the T. S. Eliot Prize, a Lannan Award, the Pushcart Prize, the Griffin Prize, on two occasions, and fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations.

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