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Nox by Anne Carson
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Mar 19, 11

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Read in March, 2011

This is a haunting work of, essentially, poetry illustrated with clippings from old letters and documents. In it, Anne Carson tries to eulogize a brother that she barely knew, had spoken to five times in some 20 years, and yet somehow he becomes real in the telling. Although I didn't follow her elaborate gloss on a short elegy by Cattulus very closely, it added solemnity to the somewhat casual collection of bits of her brother's life. I found the mother's muted pain for her son's disappearance early in his life especially moving; Carson conveys this in remarkably few words.
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