Tuesday, February 26, 2013

News at Eleven: There, narrative replaces self-scrutiny,

and it may be tempting to consider this her second trapeze. But the later poems merely reveal the hidden virtues of the earlier ones: expressing the universal in the particular, tracing the tragic in the everyday, charting our reflexive rebellion against suffering and mirroring our willingness to spill our longings onto the "page" of our innermost self:

do you treasure your voice
when to be one thing
is to be next to nothing?

I find it difficult to imagine a better book of poetry being published this year.

from The Wichita Eagle: Louise Gluck's collected poems showcase half a century of stunning verse


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