Orpheus and Eurydice A Lyric Sequence

ISBN-10: 1556591519
ISBN-13: 9781556591518
Edition: 2001
Authors: Gregory Orr
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $12.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication date: 2/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 80
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.242

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.

The Entrance to the Underworld
When I first saw...
Is this what...
We've come...
In the Meadow...
In my dream...
A snake...
His Lament
Loss...
If...
When I was alive...
She paused...
Orpheus Descending
I was moving...
When Eurydice saw him
Look, they descend
Orpheus stood in the dark...
The Ghosts Listen to Orpheus Sing
My body was never marred
Because I sensed
It hurt me to hear...
When they said...
In the cave mouth...
Once the two of us
It's winter...
In the shadows...
His Grief
Far below, plowed fields...
The Wedge
The Maenads
Warned his song...
By the Shore
His Dream: The Black Tree/Thirst
Tomb of Orpheus
Fields took on...

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