Book Review

Book Review: The Antigone Poems by Marie Slaight & Terrence Tasker

TheAntiGonePoemsIn Greek mythology Antigone is the daughter of King Oedipus and his mother Jocasta. She attempts to have a respectable burial for her brother Polynices, even though he is seen as a traitor. The law forbids mourning for him and is punishable by death. In some adaptions she buries him herself which caused her to be captured by guards and brought before Creon. It is his law that she broke and argues that his law is wrong and provokes his anger and punishment. Antigone ends up hanging herself. In one other adaption she is secretly carried off by her lover Haemon. She bears him a son named Maeon. Her son is marked with a dragon and is discovered while he attended the funeral games. It is uncovered that Antigone is alive and in a vain attempt Haemon kills her and himself.

Antigone Poems by Marie Slaight is collaboration between herself and artist Terrence Tasker. It was written in 1970’s and based on the ancient Sophocles version of Antigone’s tragedy. Throughout the book there are charcoal drawings by the author. Most of the poems are broken up or fragments of first person thoughts.

This book is a collection of poems or thoughts loosely based on the Greek mythology Antigone. The poems are dark and a little hard to follow at times. Some poems are broken thoughts. There are charcoal drawings in the book which made it enhance the dark feeling you get reading these poems. I find it’s a unique way of viewing Antigone. While I didn’t love it, I did enjoy the collection. If you enjoy reading poems and Greek mythology such as Antigone I recommend checking this book out.

The Antigone Poems
Marie Slaight & Terrence Tasker
Ataire Productions & Publications (Releasing May 25, 2014)
ISBN: 9780980644708
Reviewed by Laura B. for Say What? Savannah Mae (4/14)

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