Anne Carson Explores Ancient Greek Poetry by R.Chokshi via The Emory Wheel

Article by Roshani Chokshi
Renowned classicist and contemporary poet Anne Carson read her work at Emory last Wednesday as the 2010 Nix Mann lecturer.

The Nix Mann lecture series features a distinguished lecturer on campus each year.

Carson, who performed her poems “Cassandra Float Can” and “Bracko” in the Michael C. Carlos Museum, has received numerous awards for her work. These awards include the MacArthur Genius Award, Lannan Literary Award and the Pushcart Prize.

She serves as the distinguished poet in residence at New York University.

Carson began the lecture by reciting her poem “Cassandra,” during which 10 Emory student collaborators carried photos and a slideshow depicting different images on a screen.

“Cassandra” is based off of Carson’s translation of Aeschylus’ “Agamemnon.”
Cassandra, a princess of Troy, was blessed with prophetic vision, but was cursed so that no one would believe any of her prophecies.

She contrasted Cassandra, a witness to the gory Trojan War, with other observers of tumultuous times, including the architect Gordon Matta-Clark, who found beauty in splicing large objects such as buildings.

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