A Village Life: Poems
A Village Life, Louise Glück’s eleventh collection of poems, begins in the topography of a village, a Mediterranean world of no definite moment or place:
All the roads in the village unite at the fountain.
Avenue of Liberty, Avenue of the Acacia Trees—
The fountain rises at the center of the plaza;
on sunny days, rainbows in the piss of the cherub.
Around the fountain are concentric circles of figures, organized by age and in degrees of distance: fields, a river, and, like the fountain’s opposite, a mountain. Human time superimposed on geologic time, all taken in at a glance, without any undue sensation of speed.
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Review: A Village LifeUser Review - SA - Goodreads
Gluck is, if not my favorite poet, certainly in the top tier. She writes so vividly; this was actually her wordiest volume, I believe, in terms of prose lines instead of the spareness that tends to ... Read full review
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Master at work! Fine poetry! I look up to her Read full review