An Infusion of Violets
Using the same musical sense of language she applies to her translations, Nancy Naomi Carlson masterfully interprets herself in An Infusion of Violets. The sometimes erotic, sometimes melancholy landscapes she creates as the self-appointed sitar’s “ragged throat, pitched / between here and when, / caught in quartertones,” take our breath away. Carlson describes an interior world where tears can produce “so much salt a body floats away,” where “music tuned to loss descends with rain,” and where hope is placed in the “kill-cure.” Filled with striking images and sensuous language, An Infusion of Violets is an evocative mix of formal and free-verse poems.
"Carlson uses controlled lines and lyrical voice to plumb the self, often with biblical overtones."—The New York Times
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