A monumental work of experimental poetry

Pangyrus

Published: Jul 2019
Location: Cambridge, MA
Reviewed by: Chris Hartman
Review of book: POENA DAMNI: THE TRILOGY

This monumental work of experimental poetry comprises three books published in various editions over a period of thirty years and is organized around “a cluster of concepts including the scapegoat, the quest, the return of the dead, redemption, physical suffering, [and] mental illness.” In the tradition of prominent postmodernist authors such as William Gass, Thomas Pynchon, and Samuel Beckett, Lyacos has artfully employed language to vividly accentuate the anguish his protagonists experience throughout the series.

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