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The Antigone Poem
Written by Marie Slaight and drawings by Terrence Tasker
Will be available Feb. 14, 2014
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Passionate, brutal, and infused with extraordinary lyricism, The Antigone Poems provides a special expedition into the depths of the ancient Sophocles tragedy. The work’s obsessive, ritualistic and ultimately mysterious force brings into sharp focus the heroic, tragic figure at the center of the primordial compact between gods and humans. The work, a collaboration between poet, Marie Slaight and artist, Terrence Tasker, was created in the 1970’s, while the artist were living in Montreal and Toronto.
Grade: A- (4.5 Stars)
This was an interesting read. I had previously read Antigone in high school, and honestly did enjoy it, once I understood it. These poems don’t require you to have knowledge of the original book, because they are so well written that they call to the struggles of all woman. You can relate to the passages, and really see how the words can come to life. It’s nice to see the retelling in a bit more modern way, which really clears up the confusions on some ideas. I enjoy poetry collections, so this one was very enjoyable. It’s not something I’d causally flip through and read like other collections I own, but this is nice to sit down, relax and experience. It definitely embodies a particular style for poetry, and it’s not really lyrical, it’s disjointed at times and abrupt, but it works to allow what the poet is trying to convey, which is a great thing about poetic medium is it’s much freer then a novel. This poetry collection allows you to think, and react to what’s being put in front of you, and calls into question some of the same ideas that Antigone struggled with herself. Dedication, loyalty, self esteem. It’s really a beautiful piece of work, and I think it would be enjoyed by poetry lovers of all kinds.
*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.