Eat Your Words


“Carson was so enthralled by an illustrated copy of The Lives of the Saints that, at the age of five, she tried to eat its pages. In her teens, Carson’s literary tastes changed and she resolved to study Classics because Oscar Wilde had done so.”

A professor of classics and comparative literature who writes book-length poems about love and heartbreak using stylistic devices from classical Greek and Latin texts. And who is so enamoured of language that she needs to eat it to get close enough to it. What’s not to love?

Professor Carson has won the following prizes:

  • Lannan Literary Award
  • Pushcart Prize
  • Guggenheim Fellowship
  • MacArthur Grant
  • Griffin Poetry Prize
  • T.S. Eliot Poetry Prize

And she has written nine books.

Published in: on September 18, 2007 at 10:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

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