The Casanova Chronicles, Myrna Stone

About the Author

Besides The Casanova Chronicles (Etruscan, 2010), Myrna Stone is the author of two previous books of poems, How Else to Love the World (Browser Books Publishing, 2007) and The Art of Loss (Michigan State University Press, 2001).  Her work has appeared in such journals as Poetry, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, Boston Review, and Quarterly West, and in five anthologies, including Beloved on the Earth: 150 Poems of Grief and Gratitude (Holy Cow! Press, 2009) and Flora Poetica: The Chatto Book of Botanical Verse (Chatto and Windus, 2003).  She is the recipient of two Ohio Arts Council Fellowships in Poetry, a Full Fellowship to Vermont Studio Center, the 2002 Dr. O. Marvin Lewis Poetry Award, and the 2001 Ohio Poet of the Year Award.  She lives in Greenville, Ohio, with her husband, in an 18th-century house.

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The Casanova Chronicles & Other Poemsincludes forty sonnets, each written in a relaxed meter.  Each sonnet is a persona poem, told from the point-of-view of a real-life character. In The Ballard Sonnets those characters include Alba Ballard, her husband, her son, and two of her pet parrots, all of them dealing with the effects of her death. In The Casanova Chronicles, Casanova and his coterie of women, his first publisher, and his nephew-in-law all speak their piece. In Schlock Therapy, the section between the sonnet sequences, the poems work to reinforce the book’s theme of love, sex, loss, and longing.  What interested me most while producing this body of work, particularly in the sonnet sequences, was the pleasure of placing myself imaginatively inside the characters, and the agreeableness of being outrageous.  There was also pleasure in answering questions such as, “How might birds mourn at the loss of their mistress?” and “How did Casanova respond to the news that he had impregnated his own daughter?” Quite often, particularly in the Casanova sequence, those answers rattled me—not a bad thing at all, perhaps, for a former Catholic schoolgirl.

Publication date: June 2010

Finalist for the Ohioana Book Award