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If Not, Winter by Sappho
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Sep 04, 2010

it was amazing

** spoiler alert ** A marvelous introduction to Sappho and her parchment. Carson makes other translators seem florid and gaudy; her translation is so stripped down, bare-boned lyrics. Though Carson tries to "stand out of the way" and let Sappho appear, this, ultimately, read like a postmodern, avant-garde work, full of play, absence/presence, fragmentation, etc. It makes me wonder if the theme of eros (as well as lyric poetry in general) lends itself more to this degree of fragmentation than other themes like war, time, or memory. I'd like to experiment with my own poetry--give a poem to a toddler and have him rip and chew and ravage and see what fragments remain.

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