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Anne Carson

 

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The readers who grew to love Carson's odd little monster will be pleased to learn that she has brought him back. Red Doc>, as its computer literate title indicates, brings Geryon back traveling and even flying! Now known as G, with a new lover ("Sad But Great") and a new set of friends, the older man/creature resumes some of the old obsessions ("Time passes time/does not pass. Time all/but passes. Time usually passes. Time passing and gazing.") but adds some others that were less obvious in the earlier book. There is a greater concentration on memory and home. There is the very real loss of a parent and the meaning of what might be home after that. And, as one would also expect with Carson, there is a new form. Here, most of the long fractured narrative is told in small right- and left justified columns that look like something from a very packed old-fashioned newspaper. I'm still not sure whether I should think of these as blocks of prose or as verse. She clearly makes some

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