Watson, Craig

Craig Watson - Sleepwalking with Orpheus



In the UK, available only direct from Shearsman Books.

Craig Watson - Sleepwalking with Orpheus

Paperback, 96pp, 8.5x5.5ins

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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 Orpheus takes up that proposition, cannily altering its terms of address to reflect what Watson calls "the interrogative imperative".


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