Byron in Love: A Short Daring Life by Edna O'Brien

By Edna O'Brien

“How lengthy it’s taken for those mad, undesirable and hazardous writers to get together!”—Alan Cheuse, San Francisco Chronicle

Acclaimed biographer of James Joyce, Edna O’Brien has written a “jaunty” (The New Yorker) biography that fits her fiery and charismatic topic. She follows Byron from the dissipations of Regency London to the wilds of Albania and the Socratic pleasures of Greece and Turkey, culminating in his meteoric upward push to repute on the age of twenty-four. With “a novelist’s figuring out of pace and characterization” (Miami Herald), O’Brien captures the spirit of the fellow and creates an indelible portrait that explodes the Romantic fantasy. Byron, as brilliantly rendered by means of O’Brien, is the poet as insurgent, inventive and lawless, and defiantly immortal. eight pages of b/w illustrations

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I momentarily forget my stitches and smile. dream Scarecrow folds his arms over some burrowed squirrel heart. The giant human bunny unzips its suit and a small real bunny is inside. Why? I wanted there to be some mystery, he says. I pour as much milk as I will need onto my cereal then pour it back into the jug then pour out the rest of the jug. I sing: digital clock giving chapter and verse. limp Dad, I have a limp. Just walk it off. Clouds as empty finger casts. Egg carton clouds. If song be sung enough .

A girl reading a book soaked by rain reaches out her hand to feel for rain. I whisper timber. I whisper fall. I climb the trees and feel for fruit with my boots. Every beast is afraid of some other beast. If you keep enough beasts around you, all the beasts will stay away. pleasantness and shame I touch each stair first with my face. Hold myself by a single finger up against the mailboxes’ names. I keep lifting the mailbox’s flag so the postman will grasp inside. I warm my hands on the burner. Post-it Notes stuck to the wall and the wall demolished.

I tunnel out. As long as I never come up, I will be free. As one who cannot flee yet flies. It doesn’t matter. You can say anything you have to. epic The hero sits and you realize he has been traveling all this time with a shot leg. An untrained voice passes. It is passable. Your migraine, with rainfall. My weathering, in dandelions. Remember, there was this fountain when you turned to it it stopped you shook your head to remember your earrings I closed my eyes 41 and it began again. goodbye Dear complex of simple through-skin breath, I do not believe we were thinking the same song.

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