Orpheus & Eurydice: A Lyric Sequence

By Gregory Orr

How am i able to rejoice love/ now that i do know what it does? So starts this booklength lyric series which reinhabits and modernizes the tale of Orpheus, the mythic grasp of the lyre (and father of lyric poetry) and Eurydice, his lover who died and whom Orpheus attempted to rescue from Hades.

Gregory Orr makes use of as his touchstone the statement that myths try and narrate an entire human event, whereas whilst serving a objective which resists rationalization. via poems of passionate and obsessive erotic love, Orr has dramatized the anguished intersection of endless longings and finite lives and, within the method, explores the very assets of poetry.

When Eurydice observed him
huddled in a thick cloak,
she must have known
he was once alive,
the method he shivered
beneath its dead folds.

But what she saw
was the standard: a stranger
confused in a brand new world.
And while she touched him
on the shoulder,
it was once nothing
personal, a kindness
he misunderstood.
To advisor someone
through the halls of hell
is no longer just like love.

"A reader unusual with Orr’s paintings will be shocked, in the beginning, by way of the richness of either motion and visible element that his succinct, spare poems show. Lyricism can erupt in the middle of desolation."—Boston Globe

When Gregory Orr’s Burning the Empty Nest look, Publisher’s Weekly praised it as an "auspicious debut for a talented newcomer…he already demonstrates an excellent regulate of his medium." Kirkus Review celebrated it as "an virtually unbearably strong first booklet of poetry" and enthusiastically reviewed his moment ebook Gathering the Bones Together, noting that "Orr’s energy is the eloquence of understatement." such a lot lately, his City of Salt was once a finalist for the Los Angeles instances e-book Award. Gregory Orr teaches on the collage of Virginia.

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Stepping from the darkish, she held cupped arms to my lips. “Everything is risk,” she whispered. “If you doubt, it turns into sand trickling via skeletal palms. think, and it’s water from what deep good. ” Tomb of Orpheus My limbs have been scattered. Wild animals ate my flesh. My bones lay unburied. None of that issues. demise is a rock tossed in a river – once they open your wounds shut. whilst i used to be alive the simplest of me used to be in simple terms dust and took the galvanize of her. nonetheless I consider and murmur her identify. My tune is the fossil; she used to be the fern. Fields took on… Fields took on their ultimate eco-friendly; the ocean used to be nonetheless because the sky. now not did clouds waft towards the horizon like shadows with no our bodies, or like wings with out that which they have been intended to raise. And the rose, whose wealthy petals are saturated with vanishing… concerning the writer Gregory Orr is the writer of six earlier poetry books and 3 books of feedback. He teaches on the collage of Virginia and lives along with his spouse and daughters in Charlottesville. Books by means of Gregory Orr POETRY urban of Salt New & chosen Poems We needs to Make a state of It The pink condo accumulating the Bones jointly Burning the Empty Nests feedback Poets instructing Poets: Self and the realm (edited by way of Voigt and Orr) Richer Entanglements: Essays and Notes on Poetry and Poems Stanley Kunitz: An creation to the Poetry hyperlinks gregoryorr. com Acknowledgments models of a few of those poems have seemed within the following magazines: crafty ward off, Atlanta evaluate, Ploughshares, and the online journal Slate. Copper Canyon Press gratefully recognizes Kathy Muehlemann for using her portray Monk’s Yellow Dream at the hide, and Nellie Bridge for using her drawings at the hide and within the inside of this booklet. Copyright 2001 by way of Gregory Orr All rights reserved hide paintings: Kathy Muehlemann, Monk’s Yellow Dream. ISBN: 978-15565-9151-9 eISBN: 978-1619-3205-9 aid Copper Canyon Press: when you have loved this identify, please reflect on helping Copper Canyon Press and our commitment to bringing the paintings of rising, demonstrated, and world-renowned poets to an increasing viewers via e-books: www. coppercanyonpress. org/pages/donation. asp touch Copper Canyon Press: To touch us with suggestions approximately this identify ship an electronic mail to: ebooks@coppercanyonpress. org The chinese language personality for poetry is made of components: “word” and “temple. ” It additionally serves as pressmark for Copper Canyon Press. seeing that 1972, Copper Canyon Press has fostered the paintings of rising, tested, and world-renowned poets for an increasing viewers. the clicking prospers with the beneficiant patronage of readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, lecturers, scholars, and funders — all people who stocks the idea that poetry is key to language and residing. Copper Canyon Press gratefully recognizes significant aid from: The Paul G. Allen relations origin Amazon. com nameless Arcadia Fund John department Diana and Jay Broze Beroz Ferrell & the purpose, LLC Mimi Gardner Gates Golden Lasso, LLC Gull Industries, Inc.

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