The Houstiliad
An Iliad for Houston
5.5 x 8.5, 208 pp.
Pub Date: 11/24/2015
Price:        $18.95


Published by Texas Review Press

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The Houstiliad

An Iliad for Houston

Michael Lieberman

In this savage yet beautiful book length poem Michael Lieberman captures the rage of men in modern society. He reimagines the characters of Homer's Iliad, recasts them, and sets them in conflict in today's Houston. Unflinching is its descriptions of violence, The Houstiliad implicitly contrasts the rage of Homer's Achilles which was specific and focused with the free-floating rage of contemporary men. Though unsparing in its descriptions, Lieberman's portrait is leavened by lovely lyric passages, reflection, and humor. For those who care about the complicated role of men in modern society this book is revelatory without promising an easy path to redemption or honor.

                                    Achilles' wrath is where our tale begins
                                    then spools out venom and men's mortal sins.
                                    It's tempered true yet riffs on Homer's style,
                                    suffused with guile, grit, and mordant wile.

                                                               *  *  *
                                    Men savage men in violent travails
                                    though in the end it's humor that prevails.

MICHAEL LIEBERMAN, retired research physician, is the author of six books of poems and three previous novels: Never Surrender--Never Retreat, The Lobsterman’s Daughter, and The Women of Harvard Square. He lives in Houston with his wife, the writer Susan A. Lieberman.


Women of Harvard Square
Lobsterman's Daughter
Never Surrender--Never Retreat
Bonfire of the Verities
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