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 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 line of statues" with "marble flesh. The girl apparently has traits similar to Medusa, who could turn men to stone by glancing upon them.
Won the EJ Pratt medal.
- 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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