Sunday, March 6, 2016

The ten best novels by poets

Poet and novelist Naja Marie Aidt's books include the novel Rock, Paper, Scissors. One of her ten favorite novels by poets, as shared at Publishers Weekly:
Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson

In this verse novel Carson points to the fact that poetry and fiction have never been strictly separate categories. She combines myth and modernity in the guise of a boy named Geryon, who is also a red, Ancient Greek monster with wings. He begins to write an autobiography at the age of five, and later he falls in love with a boy named Herakles, who leaves him. As usual, Carson brings "eros the bittersweet" very much to life, and described the heaviness of lost love in a tone of elegant lightness.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue