A History of Too Much (Paperback)

By Adrianne Kalfopoulou

Red Hen Press, 9781597096126, 104pp.

Publication Date: April 23, 2018

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Description

A History of Too Much begins with poems that address an Athens undergoing the first ravages of political and financial crisis; the inhabitants of these poems voice extravagant losses and the unpredictable, are often torn between a desire "to flee, but flee where?" The gods and goddesses will still be called upon, but Demeter is nonplussed in her mourning, Alexander the Great drunk, and the statues of antiquity exposed to the anarchies of spray-painted slogans and thrown Molotovs. If history's excesses are exhausted they are also reinvented in the idiom of the contemporary moment; here where "the costumes were all off" and "the actors overplayed their parts," there is a story to tell: "The light was almost gone, / the road now dark.