The Antigone Poems
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Passionate, brutal, and infused with extraordinary lyricism, The Antigone Poems provides a special expedition into the depths of the ancient Sophocles tragedy. The work’s obsessive, ritualistic and ultimately mysterious force brings into sharp focus the heroic, tragic figure at the center of the primordial compact between gods and humans. The work, a collaboration between poet, Marie Slaight and artist, Terrence Tasker, was created in the 1970’s, while the artists were living in Montreal and Toronto.

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A writer, producer and performer for film, theater and music, Altaire founder Marie Slaight’s poetry has appeared in American Writing, Pittsburgh Quarterly, Poetry Salzburg, New Orleans Review, among others.

Born in Canada in 1947, Terrence Tasker was a self-taught artist, filmmaker and co-founder of the original Studio Altaire in Montreal. He died in 1992.

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From KIRKUS REVIEWS

‘…A beautifully bound, impressive collection with language as evocative as its illustrations.’

From THE SAN FRANCISCO BOOK REVIEW

‘Haunting. If one word describes Marie Slaight’s The Antigone Poems, this is it… a disturbingly poignant and startlingly vivid portrait of one woman’s suffering in the face of pain and heartbreak. It will surely not be forgotten after the turn of the last page.’

From THE PORTLAND BOOK REVIEW

‘Divided into five chapters, Slaight’s stark, simple writing speaks volumes about pain, love, suffering and eroticism. The poetry is dark and sensual, occasionally disconcerting…’

From FOREWORD REVIEWS

‘Living in Canada in the 1970s, writer Marie Slaight and artist Terrence Tasker took on timeless themes—birth, death, sexuality—through their art. The fierce poems and dark charcoal drawings from this period are collected here in The Antigone Poems, which uses contemporary language and stark images to express the drama of the Greek myth from which it draws its title.’

Exhibited At: International book fairs

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