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A Village Life (edition 2010)

by Louise Glück

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Title:A Village Life
Authors:Louise Glück
Info:Carcanet Press Ltd (2010), Paperback, 96 pages
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Tags:poetry, American literature, read 2010

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I approached this work with cautious optimism. While I do enjoy poetry, I have struggled to enjoy modern pieces. This was a delightful surprise and a worthwhile read. The work is not perfect and some of the poems are short, lacking any ground breaking visual concepts; however, there are poems and moments in this selection, that really show the author's talents. If you happen to come across her work in passing, I would recommend stopping to take a second look. It is marose at times but also insightful. The majority of the works deal with our acceptance of death but also has pieces that reflect on friendship and love. It is a matured perspective on the facets of life, which many will be able to relate. ( )
  My_Humble_Parnassus | Jun 5, 2016 |
Returning after some decades to a less styptic mode of speech takes courage, or desperation — sometimes finding a new rhythm, however, is like finding a new life. It’s good to see a poet old enough to draw Social Security making new contracts with the language. Unfortunately, Glück doesn’t yet have control of these long measures — the lines are slack, the fictions drowsy and the moments of heightened attention like oases in a broad desert (the poems don’t argue, they merely accumulate). Without the energies of her short lines and sharply drawn moods, she turns out to have an imagination almost as conventional as anyone else’s.
 
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374283745, Hardcover)

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.

—from “tributaries”

 

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.

Glück has been known as a lyrical and dramatic poet; since Ararat, she has shaped her austere intensities into book-length sequences. Here, for the first time, she speaks as “the type of describing, supervising intelligence found in novels rather than poetry,” as Langdon Hammer has written of her long lines—expansive, fluent, and full—manifesting a calm omniscience. While Glück’s manner is novelistic, she focuses not on action but on pauses and intervals, moments of suspension (rather than suspense), in a dreamlike present tense in which poetic speculation and reflection are possible.

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The eleventh collection by the author of "Averno" and "Ararat" includes the piece "Tributaries," an exploration of a timeless Mediterranean village and the contrast between its natural and architectural elements.

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