Anne Carson tends to divide people into two camps: those who haven't gotten around to her yet, and those who think she's a genius. The poet, essayist, and classicist is a master of hybrid forms; her influential "Glass Essay," for instance, blends narrative poetry, lyric essay, and lit criticism to moving effect. Her most recent book is Nox, a beautiful, accordion-style reproduction of the scrapbookish elegy Carson made for her brother, a wild seed who ran away from home in 1978 and stayed in only sporadic contact. The book is both a portrait of this remote figure, and a word-by-word meditation on an elegy the Roman poet Catullus wrote for his own brother. Carson's visit to the Walker is tied to Big Dance Theater's Supernatural Wife (Thursday and Friday at the McGuire), which uses Carson's new translation of Euripides' Alkestis.
Thu., Nov. 17, 6:30 p.m., 2011