A Heaven Wrought of Iron
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 toand in collaboration withthe 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
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.