Anne Carson's inimitable Autobiography of Red has shaped and reshaped my imagination over the last decade. It continues to change - widen, really - the ways my students and I read and write. I teach it in all of my writing workshops, because it's so many things at once: a novel, a poem, a series of brilliant and utterly strange/original essays, and, in a deep sense, an autobiography not only of its author but also of artists generally. And of volcanoes, mythical creatures, and adjectives. I've never read a more uniquely lovely or lyrical book.