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The Antigone Poems ~Marie Slaight (Illustrated by Terrence Tasker)

“I deem this a holy book – written in ecstasy and the madness of genius.” – Grace Cavalieri

I am in the grip of a striking pain in my spine and I think I can’t make one more minute of breath. Then I remember the story of Antigone, a Greek tragedy, and I am reminded I need to read a new book of poems.

THE ANTIGONE POEMS is a stunning book of art and words based on the Antigone tragedies. We are right there with the King, losing his entire family, and yet gaining wisdom. My pain breaths in and out with the concise brutality of the drama written in the words. Slaight has a mastery in writing of rebellion and anger and confusion, a revolution into incredible words. Each section is illustrated by Terrence Tasker’s drawings, masks really. So a Greek tragedy comes to life in new form. My pain is divided with each stanza into small molecules. Now appealing, I open and close the book to drop into the reading and the release of my physical pain.

This book is a keeper. I don’t imagine it as a gift and yet, for anyone working through pain or hard decisions, it certainly is a guide. I thank TLC book tours for having the authors send this beautiful tome in a timely manner. As I heal, I am keeping it by my side as reference – the breath heals, the words ameliorate the incision.

MARIE SLAIGHT (1954 – ) has worked in Montreal, New Orleans, and Buenos Aires as a writer, producer and performer for film, theatre and music. Her poetry has appeared in American Writing, Pittsburgh Quarterly, Poetry Salzburg, The Abiko Quarterly, New Orleans Review and elsewhere. Slaight is currently the director of Altaire Productions & Publications, a Sydney-based arts production company.

Terrence Tasker (1947 – 1992) was raised in rural western Canada and went on to become a self-taught artist and filmmaker. He co-founded and built the original Studio Altaire, a 90-seat theater and visual art gallery in 1980’s Montreal. He made a series of short films, worked as a set builder in theater and film and held various jobs in construction, mining, finance and industrial installations.

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6 Responses to “The Antigone Poems ~Marie Slaight (Illustrated by Terrence Tasker)”

  1. Terrill Welch Says:

    Patricia I have been quietly following along on your healing journey. I do hope you find some more lasting relief soon. Take good care and sending strength, laughter, contentment and virtual hugs your way.

    patricia Reply:

    Thank you Terrill Healing this wound is very slow but progressive

    I am getting stronger little by little. Still no return on the leg function and that is hard to take

  2. Heather J @ TLC Book Tours Says:

    This book seems to have been the perfect accompaniment to your healing process. I love when a book comes along at just the right time like this.

    I’m so pleased you’ll be hanging on to this collection. Thanks for being a part of the tour!

    patricia Reply:

    Heather J
    Quite the powerful writing in this collection. Yes I truly appreciated the work and effort that went into this piece

  3. Serena Says:

    Patricia, I hope that you find peace soon and that the pain subsides. I am glad the poems in this wonderful collection have helped in some small way.
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    patricia Reply:


    Very powerful writing in this collection. I did enjoy it