Float, Anne Carson, McClelland & Stewart, 2016. 22 Chapbooks housed in a clear acetate slip case. 226 pages. Case lightly slanted and otherwise fine; contents unread and in mint condition.
The chapbooks each contain a completed work, either an essay or collection of thematically connected poems with some combining both of these elements. The chapbooks are meant to be read in any order, and are listed alphabetically in the table of contents. As detailed in the collection’s “Performance Notes,” many of the chapbooks were originally created for or presented in a variety of venues, usually as dramatic performances, lectures or art exhibits. Anne Carson consistently dazzles with her inventive, shape-shifting work and the vividness of her imagination. Float reaches an even greater level of brilliance and surprise.
Anne Carson, CM, poet, essayist, classical scholar and professor (born 21 June 1950 in Toronto, ON). Recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship in 2000, winner of the Governor General’s Award and the Lannan Literary Award, and two-time winner of the prestigious Griffin Poetry Prize, Carson is an internationally acclaimed poet, essayist and translator from Ancient Greek.