In Ariadne Awakens: Instructions for the Labyrinth Laura Costas asks in her introduction “What does it mean to live outside of the imprisoning metrics of ideology?” She enacts the possibility of freedom in poems that continually defy expectations. This is beautiful, glistening work that keeps resisting our predictions, as in “Answering Machine”: “What I called to tell you can’t be told.” While she refuses to relax into settled patterns she gives us luminous shards of possibility as in her “Dream of a song whose lyrics consist entirely of the word Yes.” In poem after poem I kept find- ing myself voicing a grateful “Yes.”
—Lee Upton, author of Visitations: Stories and Bottle the Bottles the Bottles the Bottles: Poems
Perhaps the killing of the Minotaur was a mistake. Perhaps something necessary to humankind was left behind that first time in the Labyrinth. Maybe after their one night together on the Isle of Dia/Naxos, Theseus recognized that he couldn’t partner Ariadne, who, in her aliveness would run circles around him. And he did her a favor scarpering at dawn. This island was merely a stop- over, a place where Dio- nysos, her equal, would find her and leave her free to follow her own thread to the heart of a labyrinth, made not by mortal engineering but, by her soul. The prose poems that make up Laura Costas’ Ariadne Awakens: Instructions for the Labyrinth, rearticulate the myth of fol- lowing, finding, losing and following again an invisible thread that connects body to body, body to soul, soul to soul—for our time of answering machines, voice mail, screens, clocks, gas stations and parking lots. These poems are in the imperative because they are directions, however openended, so we can join her there. —Anne Becker, Author of Human Animal
Laura Costas is an artist, writer and Washington DC native. She is the author of Fabulae, Tales for an Age of Ambivalence, and Honest Stories, and she expects you to treat her right.
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Ariadne Awakens Instructions for the Labyrinth
Listen to episode 514 of The Drunken Odyssey where for an interview with Laura Costas about her book