Craig Watson: Sleepwalking with Orpheus
Published 15 February 2011
Paperback, 96pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £8.95 / $15
Haunted by Cocteau's version of the Orpheus myth since 1968, Craig Watson collected a palimpsest of renderings, fragments and images from the Orphic tradition for the next 40 years. In 2008, he returned to these materials in the wake of a near fatal stroke. The result is Sleepwalking with Orpheus, a constellation of voices that recount the legendary singer's continuous journey through the realms that compose a life.
In 'Last Man Standing,' Watson's post-apocalyptic poem in Secret Histories, the protagonist asserts: "I'm not dead yet." Sleepwalking with Orpheustakes up that proposition, cannily altering its terms of address to reflect what Watson calls "the interrogative imperative".
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