choices about how much white space to put between the words, and the white spaces become the "rivers" running down through the text that print designers hate. It's a form that makes it difficult to quote, and that may be part of the pleasure this poet finds in it. She comments on the distinction herself in one of the few pieces that falls outside this form:
poetry and prose you know the old
is a house poetry a man in flames
quite fast through it.
In Red Doc> Anne Carson is clearly enjoying herself, yet she continues to demand that her readers engage with some of the greatest of the old themes. She reads from this new work at Nicola's Books on March 5.
[Originally published in March, 2013.]