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Orpheus & Eurydice: A Lyric Sequence

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How can I celebrate love/ now that I know what it does? So begins this booklength lyric sequence which reinhabits and modernizes the story of Orpheus, the mythic master of the lyre (and father of lyric poetry) and Eurydice, his lover who died and whom Orpheus tried to rescue from Hades.

Gregory Orr uses as his touchstone the assertion that myths attempt to narrate a whole human experience, while at the same time serving a purpose which resists explanation. Through poems of passionate and obsessive erotic love, Orr has dramatized the anguished intersection of infinite longings and finite lives and, in the process, explores the very sources of poetry.

When Eurydice saw him

huddled in a thick cloak,

she should have known

he was alive,

the way he shivered

beneath its useless folds.

But what she saw

was the usual: a stranger

confused in a new world.

And when she touched him

on the shoulder,

it was nothing

personal, a kindness

he misunderstood.

To guide someone

through the halls of hell

is not the same as love.

"A reader unfamiliar with Orr’s work may be surprised, at first, by the richness of both action and visual detail that his succinct, spare poems convey. Lyricism can erupt in the midst of desolation."—Boston Globe

When Gregory Orr’s Burning the Empty Nest appear, Publisher’s Weekly praised it as an "auspicious debut for a gifted newcomer…he already demonstrates a superior control of his medium." Kirkus Review celebrated it as "an almost unbearably powerful first book of poetry" and enthusiastically reviewed his second book Gathering the Bones Together, noting that "Orr’s power is the eloquence of understatement." Most recently, his City of Salt was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Gregory Orr teaches at the University of Virginia.

Synopsis:

A masterful poet re-envisions the myth of Orpheus's descent into Hades, in search of Eurydice.

About the Author

Gregory Orr is the author of seven volumes of poetry and three books of criticism. He is the editor at Virginia Quarterly Review, teaches at the University of Virginia, and lives with his wife and daughters in Charlottesville.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781556591518
Author:
Orr, Gregory
Publisher:
Copper Canyon Press
Location:
Port Townsend, Wash.
Subject:
General
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Orpheus (Greek mythology)
Subject:
Eurydice (Greek mythology)
Subject:
Orpheus.
Subject:
Eurydice
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
59
Publication Date:
February 1, 2001
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.3 in 3.5 oz

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