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The Beauty of the Husband: A Fictional Essay in 29 Tangos

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.rnrnThis 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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