Decreation: Poetry, Essays, Opera

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Vintage Contemporaries, 2006 - Poetry - 245 pages
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In her first collection in five years, Anne Carson contemplates “decreation”–an activity described by Simone Weil as “undoing the creature in us”–an undoing of self. But how can we undo self without moving through self, to the very inside of its definition? Where else can we start? Anne Carson’s Decreation starts with form–the undoing of form. Form is various here: opera libretto, screenplay, poem, oratorio, essay, shot list, rapture. The undoing is tender, but tenderness can change everything, or so the author appears to believe. From the Hardcover edition.
  

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User Review  - Red - Goodreads

in short decreation starts telling about the mother of anne carson who had recently died. so what comes is something like what her relation to her mother has ment to her (i suppose). the bigger part ... Read full review

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User Review  - Will - Goodreads

Pure, insane brilliance marred a little by overly obscure form and references. I loved it all the same. Read full review

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Contents

SLEEPCHAINS
SUNDAY
LINES
OUR FORTUNE
NO PORT NOW
WOULD BE HER 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY TODAY
SOME AFTERNOONS SHE DOES NOT PICK UP THE PHONE
THAT STRENGTH
STANZAS SEXES SEDUCTIONS
SPRING BREAKSwallow Song
GUILLERMOS SIGH SYMPHONY
BLENDED TEXT
SWIMMING IN CIRCLES IN COPENHAGEN
GNOSTICISMS
GNOSTICISM I
GNOSTICISM II

METHINKS THE POOR TOWN HAS BEEN TROUBLED TOO LONG
DESPITE HER PAIN AN OTHER DAY
NOTHING FOR IT
HER BECKETT
BECKETTS THEORY OF TRAGEDY
BECKETTS THEORY OF COMEDY
EVERY EXIT IS AN ENTRANCEA Praise of Sleep
Every Exit Is an Entrance
ODE TO SLEEP
FOAMEssay with RhapsodyOn the Sublime in Longinus and Antonioni
THE DAY ANTONIONI CAME TO THE ASYLUMRhapsody
SUBLIMES
LONGINUS DREAM OF ANTONIONI
AND REASON REMAINS UNDAUNTED
LOde to Monica Vitti
ODE TO THE SUBLIME BY MONICA VITTI
MIA MOGLIE LONGINUS RED DESERT
OUT WARDLY HIS LIFE RAN SMOOTHLY
KANTS QUESTION ABOUT MONICA VITTI
GNOSTICISM III
GNOSTICISM IV
GNOSTICISM V
GNOSTICISM VI
SEATED FIGUREWITH RED ANGLE 1988BY BETTY GOODWIN
SEATED FIGURE WITH RED ANGLE 1988BY BETTY GOODWIN
LOTS OF GUNSAn Oratorio for Five Voices 1
QUAD
HA SCREENPLAY
THE COLOUR OF ECLIPSE
DECREATIONHOW WOMEN LIKE SAPPHOMARGUERITE PORETE AND SIMONE WEILTELL GOD
DECREATIONAn Opera in Three Parts
PART ONELovesForgery
PART TWOHer Mirror of Simple Souls
PART THREEFight Cherries
LONGING A DOCUMENTARY
permissions Acknowledgments
illustration credits
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Anne Carson was twice a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; was honored with the 1996 Lannan Award and the 1997 Pushcart Prize, both for poetry; and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2000. In 2001 she received the T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry–the first woman to do so; the Griffin Poetry Prize; and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She currently teaches at the University of Michigan.


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