“It was Sappho who first called Eros ‘bittersweet,’” Carson writes.“The Glass Essay” is a long poem about a breakup, with asides about Emily Brontë’s spelling.“TV Men” features teleplay treatments for shows about Homeric characters and avant-garde poets.Still, it’s odd to see Penguin Random House publish our most famous poet in chapbook form—traditionally a vehicle for a young poet’s big break. Carson has done without the blurbs from well-known admirers that used to decorate her book jackets, but she won’t let us forget her celebrity bona fides.Almost all of these microbooks, we’re told, began as performance pieces that were commissioned by renowned artists and prestigious institutions. A.” is a series of pieces composed for Laurie Anderson and her husband, Lou Reed.“No one who has been in love disputes her.”Six years later, .The book ends with “Short Talk on Who You Are”: People talk about a voice calling in the wilderness. Carson’s answer to that question would make her a literary cult figure.She was, by then, the coolest professor on earth—too cool, even, for a traditional bio. In (2001) is subtitled “A Fictional Essay in 29 Tangos.” How many genres can you mix before your inventiveness waters itself down? The cross-pollination that had made her writing popular was now running to seed.“Anne Carson was born in Canada and teaches Ancient Greek for a living” is all she was prepared to print about herself. Carson began pursuing increasingly bizarre gambits. Even the physical format of her collections reflected the chaos within.In 2009, Carson published , ostensibly an elegy for her estranged brother.Instead, her expressions of mourning gave way to prosaic, meandering digressions on Catullus.