Cover of a copy of Double Persephone
|Cover artist||Margaret Atwood|
Double Persephone is a self-published poetry collection written by Canadian author Margaret Atwood in 1961. Atwood handset the book herself with a flat bed press, designed the cover with linoblocks, and only made 220 copies. It was the first publication ever released by Atwood, and comprises seven poems: "Formal Garden", "Pastoral", "Iconic Landscape", "Persephone Departing", "Chthonic Love", "Her Song", "and "Double Persephone".
The opening poem of Double Persephone, "Formal Garden," a "girl with the gorgon touch" walks through the title location searching for "a living wrist and arm", but all she finds is a "a line of statues" with "marble flesh. The girl apparently has traits similar to Medusa, who could turn men to stone by glancing upon them.
- Atwood, Margaret (20 February 2011). "Tools of Change: The Publishing Pie, February 15, 2011". Wordpress. Retrieved October 8, 2011.
- Atwood, Margaret (February 2011). "The Publishing Pie: An Author's View". Tools of Change for Publishing Conference. New York: O'Reilly Media. Retrieved October 8, 2011.
- Davey, Frank (1997). "Atwood's Gorgon Touch". Studies in Canadian Literature 2 (2).
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