Men in the Off Hours

This poetry collection by Anne Carson, published in 2001, re-invents classical figures including Oedipus and Emily Dickinson.

Anne Carson

Reinventing figures as diverse as Oedipus, Emily Dickinson and Audubon, Carson sets up startling juxtapositions: Lazarus among video paraphernalia, Virginia Woolf and Thucydides discussing war, Edward Hopper paintings illuminated by St. Augustine. And in a final prose poem, she meditates movingly on the recent death of her mother. With its quiet, acute spirituality and its fearless wit and sensuality, Men in the Off Hours shows us a fiercely individual poet at her best. (From Penguin Random House)