Who's Afraid of Helen of Troy?

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Pub Date: 05/10/2016

Pages: 72

Publisher: Etruscan Press

Imprint: Etruscan Press

ISBN 13: 9780990322115

ISBN 10: 0990322114

Price: / $19.50 CAN$15.00

Category: POETRY / American / General

Who's Afraid of Helen of Troy?

By David Lazar

Price: $15.00



About the Book

David Lazar extends the language of prose poetry, mixing the classical and the high modern, the song and dance man and the Odyssean. Nothing, he finds, is as far apart as we think, except for the chaos and order, innocence and experience. Lazar’s voice is a sacred last resort: something’s gotta give.

The voice in these poems is semi-autobiographical and performative: masked yet emotionally raw. Each poem draws on the features of modernist poetry, using an arch, cadenced sentence as its primary unit, but drawing on the Iliad, Odyssey , and other classical myths as part of its internal cosmos.

About the Book

A sequence of prose poems about the ravages of love, how we desire it, and whether we care to recover.


David Lazar's books include essays, prose poetry, nonfiction anthologies, and interview collections. He has lectured widely on nonfiction and editing, founded the Ph.D. program in nonfiction writing at Ohio University, and directed the creation of the MFA program in nonfiction at Columbia College Chicago where he teaches. Lazar is the founding editor of Hotel Amerika, now in its fourteenth year.