Poems 1962-2012

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Macmillan, Nov 13, 2012 - Poetry - 634 pages
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It is the astonishment of Louise Glück’s poetry that it resists collection. With each successive book her drive to leave behind what came before has grown more fierce, the force of her gaze fixed on what has yet to be imagined. She invented a form to accommodate this need, the book-length sequence of poems, like a landscape seen from above, a novel with lacunae opening onto the unspeakable. The reiterated yet endlessly transfigured elements in this landscape—Persephone, a copper beech, a mother and father and sister, a garden, a husband and son, a horse, a dog, a field on fire, a mountain—persistently emerge and reappear with the dark energy of the inevitable, shot through with the bright aspect of things new-made.    
          From the outset (“Come here / Come here, little one”), Gluck’s voice has addressed us with deceptive simplicity, the poems in lines so clear we “do not see the intervening fathoms.” 

From within the earth’s
bitter disgrace, coldness and barrenness

my friend the moon rises:
she is beautiful tonight, but when is she not beautiful?

To read these books together is to understand the governing paradox of a life lived in the body and of the work wrested from it, the one fated to die and the other to endure.

  

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"This is a doorstop, more than 600 pages, but it reveals the startling development of a poetic sensibility over a half-century, from severe and dark to deep and gently optimistic, but always with an ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mary - Goodreads

I didn't really like Louise Glück until I heard her read in Santa Fe in the middle of a cold, weird winter. To what would you lose a year of your life? is a question that rattles around, still. Read full review

Contents

The Chicago Train
5
Returning a Lost Child
11
the edge
19
cottonmouth country
41
THE HOUSE ON MARSHLAND 1975
55
The Undertaking
81
Northwood Path
88
The Letters
94
The Red Poppy
271
Clover
272
Matins
273
Heaven and Earth
274
The Doorway
275
Midsummer
276
Vespers
278
Vespers
279

The Drowned Children
101
Descending Figure
107
Autumnal
131
World Breaking Apart
137
THE TRIUMPH OF ACHILLES 1985
143
The Embrace
167
Summer
175
The End of the World
181
Elms
189
Legend
196
Parodos
203
Confession
209
The Untrustworthy Speaker
216
Brown Circle
222
Yellow Dahlia
228
Terminal Resemblance
234
Celestial Music
240
Matins
246
Spring Snow
253
The Garden
259
The Hawthorn Tree
260
Love in Moonlight
261
April
262
Violets
263
Witchgrass
264
The Jacobs Ladder
266
Matins
267
Matins
268
Song
269
Field Flowers
270
Vespers
280
Daisies
281
End of Summer
282
Vespers
284
Vespers
285
Vespers
286
Early Darkness
287
Harvest
288
The White Rose
289
Ipomoea
290
Presque Isle
291
Retreating Light
292
Vespers
294
Parousia
295
Vespers
296
Vespers
297
Sunset
298
Lullaby
299
The Silver Lily
300
September Twilight
301
The Gold Lily
302
Cana
308
Departure
314
Parable of the Trellis
320
Parable of the Beast
326
Parable of the Dove
332
Circes Power
338
Circes Torment
344
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About the author (2012)

Louise Glück is the author of eleven books of poems and a collection of essays. Her many awards include the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Bollingen Prize for Poetry, and the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets. She teaches at Yale University and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

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