The Written Image: Antigonick

Classics scholar, poet, and all-around literary innovator Anne Carson, whose last book, Nox (New Directions, 2010), melded a long poem with photographs, fragments of letters, and other visual findings evoking the life of the author’s late brother, has broken out of the confines of text once again with a new, illustrated translation of the Antigone of Sophocles. Antigonick, released by New Directions in May, features

Credit: Bianca Stone

paintings by poet and artist Bianca Stone (whose other literary etchings can be viewed at along with Carson’s own hand-lettered text. The book’s design, conceived by Robert Currie, Carson’s partner and frequent collaborator, sets the illustrations on translucent vellum paper, so each image reveals a trace of the words on the page it precedes. The image above overlays the lines, “seven gates / and in each gate a man / and in each man a death / at the seventh gate.” For a peek at other pages from the book, visit New Directions on Tumblr,