A Heaven Wrought of Iron

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Pub Date: 08/09/2016

Pages: 176

Publisher: Etruscan Press

Imprint: Etruscan Press

ISBN 13: 9780990322139

ISBN 10: 0990322130

Price: $15.00 / $20.50 CAN

Category: POETRY / American / General

A Heaven Wrought of Iron

By D. M. Spitzer

Price: $15.00



About the Book

D. M. Spitzer's collection unfolds a poetic engagement with the Greek Odyssey within the framework of the ancient epic: twenty-four books and a well-known and complex narrative architecture. The poems inhabit a range of voices and perspectives drawn from both the world of Homer's Odyssey and from that of the poet-as-reader.

Each poem in A Heaven Wrought of Iron offers a fresh approach to—and in collaboration with—the Odyssey by weaving together translated fragments from the Greek text with a sequence of poems drawn from a close reading of and an imaginative, intellectual engagement with the Odyssey.

About the Book

A collection of poems that collaborate with and explore the depths of the Odyssey; emphasizes theme of identity/alterity.


After pursuing graduate studies in political thought, philosophy, and classics, D. M. Spitzer completed a Master of Fine Arts in Writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

His current projects include a hybrid work called Genealogy of the First Person that treats some of the principal figures of the Book of Genesis as paradigmatic of a mode of consciousness; mousika, a collection of two poetic sequences: the first, “quartet,” takes up a conversation with T. S. Eliot’s masterwork “Four Quartets,” while the second section, “a symphony of psalms,” works from an imaginative engagement with Igor Stravinsky’s “Symphony of Psalms;” and a performance-poetry project, involving movement and costuming, called “kata-strophe,” which features three transfigured poems (Goethe’s “Erlkönig,” Rilke’s “die Blinde,” and Ovid’s final scene of Orpheus & Eurydike [Book 10.56-61]).

Mr. Spitzer resides in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with his wife and their three children. He is currently a doctoral student in comparative literature at Binghamton University.