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Odyssea, Poems by C.J. Sage
C.J. Sage's rollicking, modern retelling of The Odyssey is a considerable achievement, both from a narrative standpoint and a formal standpoint.
"What a daring, formally inventive, imaginative feast Odyssea is! I believe that this book propels C.J. Sage way ahead any of her contemporaries in today's poetry. The ambition, music, and sheer gusto of this poet's gifts are truly outstanding. I admire her ear finely tuned to nuanced emotion, and her formal control of terza rima in lines that are both tender and fierce, and--most of all--her willingness to reinvent the great myth, making it only more rich and more alive for our moment in time. In recent years we have seen several important authors (Carson, Glueck, Maxwell, Bidart, Walcott, etc.) attempt to wrestle and reinvent the crucial narratives of the past. If you are looking for a new poet to rival and complement this list--here is your chance, dear readers. Odyssea is filled with virtuosity and emotional generosity evident on every page." --Ilya Kaminsky
"In a sequence of terza rima poems, C.J. Sage injects new life into familiar mythology. Odyssea not only relates the tale of Odysseus from a female perspective, but also brings it forward in time, leading to a rich mixture of contemporary reference and technical restraint. Sage is a subtle observer of human behavior and a vivid story teller. This is an imaginative, compelling collection." --Bob Hicok
"Readers of Homer will find C.J. Sage's gender-reversed reworking of The Odyssey twinkling with in-jokes, and will be startled by the ending; but even those unfamiliar with the original will enjoy a rollicking yarn well told. The pithy episodes and jauntily-rhymed terza rima move along at something of the famous brisk clip of the Greek. And there are occasional strokes of satirical brilliance, as when she recasts the utopian Phaeacians as a couple of biologists on the Isle of Kure. It has been speculated, most famously by Samuel Butler in The Authoress of the Odyssey, that the ancient poem, with its domestic concerns and host of powerful queens and goddesses, was written by a woman. I think she would be pleased with this irreverent re-visioning of her ever-modern masterpiece." --A. E. Stallings
C. J. Sage edits The National Poetry Review and teaches English, creative writing, and literature at De Anza and Hartnell colleges. Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines including Ploughshares, Shenandoah, The Antioch Review, The Threepenny Review, The American Poetry Journal, Smartish Pace, Prairie Schooner, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere. Her previous books are Field Notes in Contemporary Literature, And We the Creatures, and Let's Not Sleep.
ISBN: 978-1933456676, 92 pages, $17.00