Short Talks

By Anne Carson

Short Talks
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Lyric sermons: Riddle-poems that consist only of answers: Lou Reid meets Claude Monet and converts to Zen: The pure hilarious ache of ontology: Short Talks is elegiac, perceptive, droll. It is the first book-length collection by an accomplished, original voice. Sunday mornings ... Read more


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Lyric sermons: Riddle-poems that consist only of answers: Lou Reid meets Claude Monet and converts to Zen: The pure hilarious ache of ontology: Short Talks is elegiac, perceptive, droll. It is the first book-length collection by an accomplished, original voice. Sunday mornings are never going to be the same again.

"The voice is laconic and composed but its images come off these pages resonant (more than resonant, shaking) with their own newness." -- Don Coles

Anne Carson

Anne Carson was born in Canada and teaches ancient Greek for a living. A former MacArthur Fellow, awards for her numerous books include the T.S. Eliot Prize and The Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Red Doc> was recently awarded the Griffin Poetry Prize and the inaugural Folio Prize. Her first full poetry collection Short Talks was published by Brick Books in 1992 and is now presented as a new edition in 2015 – Short Talks: Brick Books Classics 1.

Reviews

"Short Talks was Anne Carson's first book of poems, and it signaled to the world of poetry that a new and distinctive voice had arrived on the scene."--Jon Eben Field, thirdspace: a journal of feminist theory and culture

"Each piece in Anne Carson's Short Talks is a startling gemÑsome disorienting, some intimate, some wry, some wistful, many bright and impish. This volume, slender in multiple dimensions, will be easy to return to again and again."--Vicki Ziegler, Book Gaga

"It's the unexpectedness of Carson's observations that makes Short Talks so appealing ... "--Barbara Carey, Books in Canada

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