The Beauty of the Husband by Anne Carson
Winner of The A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry in 2001
The Beauty Of The Husband is an essay on Keats’ idea that beauty is truth, and it is also the story of a marriage. It is told in twenty-nine “tangos.” A tango (like a marriage) is something you have to dance to the end.
This clear-eyed, brutal, moving, darkly funny book of narrative verse tells a single story in an immediate, accessible voice, leading us vividly through erotic, painful, and heartbreaking scenes from a long-time marriage that falls apart. Only award-winning poet Anne Carson could create a work that takes on the oldest of lyrical subjects—love—and make it this powerful, this fresh, this devastating.
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