I, Clodia, And Other Portraits by Anna JacksonI, Clodia, And Other Portraits by Anna Jackson

I, Clodia, And Other Portraits

byAnna Jackson

Paperback | February 1, 2015

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“I, Clodia” is the story of Clodia Metelli—poet and lover—and her relations with her far-away paramour Catullus, her husband Metellus Celer, her brother Publius Clodius, and her accuser Cicero. By giving Clodia—the "Lesbia" of Catullus’s famous love poetry—her own first-person narration, Anna Jackson upends and reinvigorates the beloved classical sequence with biting wit and tender attention. Who was Clodia and what did she think about the affair, the gossip, the scandal, the poems? Jackson honors and subverts her source material in lines that are a marvel of ventriloquism. The book’s second section, “The Photographer’s Secret,” furthers this superb exploration of voice and portrayal. The photographer in this sequence reads, writes, gives presents, and considers the art of portraiture. But who is examining, and who is being examined? Above all else, Anna Jackson takes us within and without a range of characters in her characteristically witty style—sometimes mock breathless, sometimes dryly pointed, and always clever, stylish, and emotionally engaging.
Anna Jackson is a professor of English at Victoria University of Wellington and the author of the poetry collections Catullus for Children, The Gas Leak, The Long Road to Teatime, and The Pastoral Kitchen, and Thicket. She is also the author of Diary Poetics: Form and Style in Writers’ Diaries 1915–1962, the coauthor of British Juvenil...
Title:I, Clodia, And Other PortraitsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:76 pages, 8.5 × 5.25 × 0.3 inPublished:February 1, 2015Publisher:Auckland University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1869408209

ISBN - 13:9781869408206

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"Anna Jackson’s ‘I, Clodia’ poems are fine and dramatic and fresh and original and clever and moving – especially moving as the sequence goes on. Such a great idea, so thoroughly carried through." —C. K. Stead