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Cass Garison

Beauty Exasperated: Poems After George Eliot

Beauty Exasperated: Poems After George Eliot

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Common Meter Press presents Beauty Exasperated, collage poems inspired by the 19th century literary movement and George Eliot’s infamous novel, Middlemarch, from Seattle poet and artist Cass Garison.

In Beauty Exasperated, we follow a drama of two lovers, feelings of longing and loneliness, and a glimpse into intense love that blooms, fades, and evolves through the seasons. The story is told through erasure poems, a poetic form that removes words from an existing text to reveal something new – and, perhaps, unexpected.

The story can be understood, enjoyed, and deeply felt, regardless of one’s relationship with the original work. Part homage and part excavation, Beauty Exasperated is, above all else, heartbreaking.

About Cass
Cass Garison is a poet & artist with an MFA from University of Washington, Seattle. They have work published at, in Gulf Coast, Washington Square Review, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art Online, River Styx, Salamander, Foglifter, & others. They are a 2023-2024 Hugo House Fellow. 

Product Details

Common Meter Press
Publication Date
April 16, 2024
5.5" x 8.5" x .25"
Poetry – memoir
Poetry – homage
Poetry – erasure
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