Short Talks

by Anne Carson


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Shortlisted for the 1993 A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry (QSPELL, now the Quebec Writers Federation).  Alcuin Citation in 1993 for excellence in book design in Canada.

Lyric sermons: Riddle-poems that consist only of answers: Lou Reid meets Claude Monet and converts to Zen: The pure hilarious ache of ontology: Short Talks is elegiac, perceptive, droll. It is the first book-length collection by an accomplished, original voice. Sunday mornings are never going to be the same again.

“The voice is laconic and composed but its images come off these pages resonant (more than resonant, shaking) with their own newness.” – Don Coles

With cover art and line drawing by Anne Carson



The text of “Short Talk on Trout,” page 37 of the new Brick Books Classics edition of Anne Carson’s Short Talks should read as follows:


In haiku, according to Kawabata, there are various sorts of expressions about trout. ‘Autumn trout’ and ‘rusty trout’ and ‘descending trout’ are some that he names. ‘Autumn trout’ and ‘rusty trout’ are trout that have laid their eggs. Worn out, completely exhausted, they are going down to the sea. Of course, he adds, there were occasionally trout that spent the winter in deep pools. These were called ‘remaining trout.’”


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About the Author

Anne Carson was born in Canada and teaches ancient Greek for a living. A former MacArthur Fellow, awards for her numerous books include the T.S. Eliot Prize and The Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Red Doc> was recently awarded the Griffin Poetry Prize and the inaugural Folio Prize. Her first full poetry collection Short Talks…

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Additional Info

  • ISBN: 0919626580
  • ISBN-13: 9780919626584
  • Pages: 64
  • Year: 1992
  • Dimensions 4.25 x 8.75 x 0.13 in
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  • Cover Art:

    Photograph by Patrick Dowdey of a painting by Anne Carson containing an inset photograph of New York City from a now lost postcard.

  • Printing: 10th printing

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