Anne Carson has been acclaimed by her peers as the most imaginative poet writing today. In a recent profile, The New York Times Magazine paid tribute to her amazing ability to combine the classical and the modern, the mundane and the surreal, in a body of work that is sure to endure.
In Men in the Off Hours, Carson offers further proof of her tantalizing gifts. Reinventing figures as diverse as Oedipus, Emily Dickinson, and Audubon, Carson sets up startling juxtapositions: Lazarus among video paraphernalia, Virginia Woolf and Thucydides discussing war, Edward Hopper paintings illuminated by St. Augustine. And in a final prose poem, she meditates movingly on the recent death of her mother. With its quiet, acute spirituality and its fearless wit and sensuality, Men in the Off Hours shows us a fiercely individual poet at her best.
About the Author
Anne Carson was born in Canada and teaches Ancient Greek for a living. She is currently a professor of classics, comparative literature and English at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her publications include "Eros the Bittersweet" (1986), "Glass, Irony and God" (1995), "Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse" (1998), "Economy of the Unlost" (1999), "The Beauty of the Husband: A Fictional Essay in 29 Tangos" (2001), "If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho" (2002), "Decreation: Poetry, Essays, Opera" (2005) and "Grief Lessons: Four Plays by Euripides" (2006).
"Carson's reputation has soared to a level equal to that of the half-dozen most admired contemporary American poets."–The New York Times Book Review