Anne Carson

Ecstatic Lyre
Joshua Marie Wilkinson, editor
The first book of essays dedicated to the work of noted writer, Anne Carson 


Anne Carson’s works re-think genre in some of the most unusual and nuanced ways that few writers ever attempt, from her lyric essays, enigmatic poems, and novels in verse to further forays into video and comics and collaborative performance. Carson’s pathbreaking translations of Ancient Greek poetry and drama, as well as her scholarship on everything from Sappho to Celan, only continue to demonstrate the unique vision she has for what’s possible for a work of literature to become.

Anne Carson: Ecstatic Lyre is the first book of essays dedicated to the breadth of Anne Carson’s works, individually, spanning from Eros the Bittersweet through Red Doc. With contributions from Kazim Ali, Dan Beachy-Quick, Julie Carr, Harmony Holiday, Cole Swensen, Eleni Sikelianos, and many others (including translators, poets, essayists, scholars, novelists, critics, and collaborators themselves), we learn from Carson’s greatest admirers and closest readers about the books that moved and inspired them.

“For decades now, Anne Carson has served as a deep inspiration, provocation, and permission-giving agent for writers, artists, critics, readers, and thinkers of all kinds. Astonishing, then, that it’s taken until now for a collection of testimonials, analyses, homages, and reckonings with her radically itinerant body of work to appear. I doubt it will be the last, but it is a serious, lively, well-deserved, and welcome first.”
—Maggie Nelson

Cover illustration by Zachary Schomburg.

Joshua Marie Wilkinson is the author of several books of poetry, and he has edited five anthologies of poetry, essays, and conversation. He lives in Tucson, where he runs a journal called The Volta and directs a small press called Letter Machine Editions. He is an assistant professor at the University of Arizona.

Praise / Awards

  • "The contributions are as groundbreaking and unusual as Carson’s work itself, presenting multiple modes of interpretation that defy the genre of literary criticism. ... Carson’s work begs for this kind of polyphonic reply, which creates a most appropriate accompaniment to the work of one of the most enigmatic of artists."
  • "Though rigorous in their examination of Carson's work, the contributions are unabashedly poetic, channelling their subject's innovative style."
    --Tanis MacDonald, Eurospan
  • "Wilkinson’s collection is valiant and valuable for us enthusiasts. With Carson our reach always, or almost always, will exceed our grasp, but that has to be—and is—enough."
    --Mark Gustafson, Rain Taxi

  • "The performances in Anne Carson: Ecstatic Lyre are lively. The authors delight
    in puns, aphorism, paradox, impressionistic similes, and sonic exuberance, fitting for Carson’s own deadpan or slyly brassy deliveries."
    --Journal of Modern Literature

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  • 240 pages.
  • 2 images.
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  • Ebook
  • 2015
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  • 978-0-472-12090-1

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