Written in Stone

FriesenPress
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What is Written in Stone?

a history of poetry / spanning a lifetime / of reflection. / a collection of poems / interwoven into a whole. / a work in progress. / a poetic testimony / made under duress. / a Tower of Babel / with a babbling brook. / a psychological profile / of the poet. / a philosophical debate. / what the poet offers / is a contradiction. / equal parts triumph and defeat. / should we care / what a psycho-philosophical / poet has to say? / who puts his trust / in introspection? / what is poetry / today ?
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About the author

MARK OLYNYK is a poet with a philosophical bent. In 1977, he published his first poem in “Left Wing”. This event set off a chain reaction of poetry; that continues to this day. His poems have appeared in anthologies and literary journals, such as: Whetstone (online), The Prairie Journal, Canadian Writer’s Journal, The Penwood Review, Peace & Freedom and Eunoia Review (online). In 1997, Mark’s first poetry chapbook, The Interior Sea, was published by the Plowman. In 2012, FriesenPress released Written in Stone; a full-length poetry book. This second edition contains all new material. Find Mark Olynyk on Facebook.
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Publisher
FriesenPress
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Published on
Jun 25, 2012
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Pages
72
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ISBN
9781460209912
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Language
English
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Genres
Poetry / Canadian
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This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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The award-winning poet reinvents a genre in a stunning work that is both a novel and a poem, both an unconventional re-creation of an ancient Greek myth and a wholly original coming-of-age story set in the present.

Geryon, a young boy who is also a winged red monster, reveals the volcanic terrain of his fragile, tormented soul in an autobiography he begins at the age of five. As he grows older, Geryon escapes his abusive brother and affectionate but ineffectual mother, finding solace behind the lens of his camera and in the arms of a young man named Herakles, a cavalier drifter who leaves him at the peak of infatuation. When Herakles reappears years later, Geryon confronts again the pain of his desire and embarks on a journey that will unleash his creative imagination to its fullest extent. By turns whimsical and haunting, erudite and accessible, richly layered and deceptively simple, Autobiography of Red is a profoundly moving portrait of an artist coming to terms with the fantastic accident of who he is.

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR
National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist  

"Anne Carson is, for me, the most exciting poet writing in English today." --Michael Ondaatje

"This book is amazing--I haven't discovered any writing in years so marvelously disturbing." --Alice Munro 

"A profound love story . . . sensuous and funny, poignant, musical and tender." --The New York Times Book Review

"A deeply odd and immensely engaging book. . . . [Carson] exposes with passionate force the mythic underlying the explosive everyday." --The Village Voice
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