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Tongue Lyre
by Tyler Mills
Southern Illinois University Press, 2013
eISBN: 978-0-8093-3223-6 | Paper: 978-0-8093-3222-9
Library of Congress Classification PS3613.I56994T66 2013
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.6

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

In Tongue Lyre, Tyler Mills weaves together fragments of myth and memory, summoning the works of Ovid, Homer, and James Joyce to spin a story of violence and the female body. Introducing the recurring lyre figure in the collection—a voice to counter the violence—is Ovid’s Philomena, who, while cruelly rendered speechless, nonetheless sets the reader on an eloquent voyage to discover the body through music, art, and language. Other legendary figures making appearances within—Telemachos, Nestor, Cyclops, Circe, and others—are held up as mirrors to reflect the human form as home. In this dynamic collection, the female body and its relationship to the psyche traverse mythic yet hauntingly familiar contemporary settings as each presents not a single narrative but a progressive exploration of our universal emotional experience.



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