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The Scarlet Libretto Paperback – March 1, 2012
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About the Author
David Mason is the Poet Laureate of Colorado. His books of poems include The Buried Houses (winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize), The Country I Remember (winner of the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award), and Arrivals. His verse-novel, Ludlow, won the Colorado Book Award in 2007, and was named Best Poetry Book of the year by the Contemporary Poetry Review and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. It was also featured on the PBS NewsHour. Mason is the author of an essay collection, ThePoetry of Life and the Life of Poetry, and a memoir, News from the Village, which appeared in 2010. A new collection of essays, Two Minds of a Western Poet, followed in 2011.Mason has also co-edited several textbooks and anthologies, including Western Wind: An Introduction to Poetry, Rebel Angels: 25 Poets of the New Formalism, Twentieth-Century American Poetry, and Twentieth-Century American Poetics: Poets on the Art of Poetry. His poetry, prose, and translations have appeared in such periodicals as The New Yorker, Harper s, The Nation, The New Republic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Times Literary Supplement, Poetry, Agenda, Modern Poetry in Translation, The New Criterion, The Yale Review, The Hudson Review, The American Scholar, The Irish Times, and The Southern Review. He has also written the libretti for composer Lori Laitman s oratorio, Vedem. He recently won the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Creativity in Motion Prize for the development of a new libretto. A former Fulbright fellow to Greece, he lives near the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs and teaches at Colorado College."
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Back to The Scarlet Libretto: it intrigues me how well-suited this classic novel is to poetic and musical impulse. Each scene is at once complete and compelling of moving forward to the next. I can see the characters more clearly and they are more sympathetic in this format. Bravo! Great job.
If you are looking for a way to reimagine The Scarlet Letter, please treat yourself to this one!