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Plainwater: Essays and Poetry

The poetry and prose collected in Plainwater are a testament to the extraordinary imagination of Anne Carson. These pieces stretch the boundaries of language and literary form, while juxtaposing classical and modern traditions. rnrnCarson envisions a present-day interview with a seventh-century BC poet, and offers miniature lectures on topics as varied as orchids and Ovid. She imagines the muse of a fifteenth-century painter attending a phenomenology conference in Italy. She constructs verbal photographs of a series of mysterious towns, and takes us on a pilgrimage in pursuit of the elusive and intimate anthropology of water. Blending the rhythm and vivid metaphor of poetry with the discursive nature of the essay, the writings in Plainwater dazzle us with their invention and enlighten us with their erudition.

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