Michael Ondaatje calls her "the most exciting poet writing in English today." Born in 1950, Anne Carson teaches classics at McGill University in Montreal, and her ambitious, gestural poetry punctures the rigors of classicism with the derangements of the post-modern as has none since Charles Olson's. Her books of poetry include Plainwater (Knopf, 1995) and Glass, Irony and God (New Directions, 1995). She is also the author of Eros the Bittersweet (Princeton University Press, 1986), Short Talks (Brick Books, 1992), and Sophokles Elektra: Translation With Commentary and Notes (Knopf, 1997). Her new "novel in verse," Autobiography of Red (Knopf), recasts the story of Herakles and Geryon in contemporary terms. Man and monster mingle and part, mingle and part. Join us in this special event with the writer everybody's talking about. When she wins the Nobel Prize you can say, "Oh I met her at Small Press Traffic."
May 22, 1998