Joe's Coffee Shop is a hometown diner in Irving. Though the place isn't much to look at from outside or inside, the staff is very welcoming. Their menu offers the standard fried Southern fare, and apparently they have an all-you-can-eat food bar option which none of us was brave enough to think of. I had a satisfactory patty melt, and we each tried a slice of the attractive pies--of which they have several standing temptingly on display.
Later well later they left the bar went back to the centaur's
Place the centaur had a cup made out of a skull Holding three
Measures of wine Holding it he drank Come over here you can
Bring your drink if you're afraid to come alone The centaur
Patted the sofa beside him Reddish yellow small alive animal
Not a bee moved up Geryon's spine on the inside
In addition to this reinterpretation, Autobiography of Red includes a short, introductory essay about Stesichorus. After the introduction and the Stesichorus "translation" comes an appendix with information explaining Stesichorus' palinode in which he retracted a poem criticizing Helen to gain back is sight. Finally, after all of this weird front-matter, we get Autobiography of Red: a Romance. The romance imagines' Geryon as a modern-day human, though he is red and winged. He and Herakles have something of a high school romance, but Herakles leaves him. Later, Geryon and Herakles meet again, and just when you're hoping that Carson is going to deliver us a dramatic tragedy, the story trails off and nothing resolves. Sadly, the romance is less a myth than an angsty teenage tryst. If the tragedy was anywhere, it was in Geryon's childhood where his older brother molests him. Sadly, this episode is never resolved for us either.
Though Anne Carson's writing is fantastically sharp and imagistic, the lack of narrative resolve and the dissolution of the strangeness she built though the beginning of the book turned off me, Megan, Robert, and Natalie. Kristen, however, was not dissatisfied. Another factor that somewhat irritated me was Carson's frequent allusions to other poets. Not that she alludes, but she has her characters quote lines by Dickinson, Yeats, and bits from Heidegger. It seems a weakness of poets to want to intertextualize their work and educate their audience at the same time. You're a genius, Carson, we get it--or maybe we don't, and perhaps that's why we couldn't fully love this incredibly creative piece.
Then he met Herakles and the kingdoms of his life all shifted down a few notches.
They were two superior eels
at the bottom of the tank and they recognized each other like italics.