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Glück, Louise 1943-

Works: 208 works in 531 publications in 7 languages and 21,535 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Essays  Interviews  Filmed interviews  Filmed literary readings  Nonfiction films  Musical settings  Educational films  Chamber music 
Roles: Author, Editor, Narrator, Author of introduction, Signer, Speaker, Other, Contributor, Lyricist, Thesis advisor
Classifications: PS3557.L8, 811.54
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The wild iris by Louise Glück( Book )

29 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 1,670 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Wild Iris was written during a ten-week period in the summer of 1991. Louise Cluck's first four collections consistently returned to the natural world, to the classical and biblical narratives that arose to explain the phenomena of this world, to provide meaning and to console. Ararat, her fifth book, offered a substitution for the received: a demotic, particularized myth of contemporary family. Now in The Wild Iris, her most important and accomplished collection to date, ecstatic imagination supplants both empiricism and tradition, creating an impassioned polyphonic exchange among the god who "disclose?s?/virtually nothing," human beings who "leave/signs of feeling/everywhere," and a garden where "whatever/returns from oblivion returns/ to find a voice." The poems of this sequence see beyond mortality, the bitter discovery on which individuality depends. "To be one thing/is to be next to nothing," Cluck challenges the reader. "Is it enough/only to look inward?" A major poet redefines her task--its thematic obsessions, its stylistic signature--with each volume. Visionary, shrewd, intuitive--and at once cyclical and apocalyptic--The Wild Iris is not a repudiation but a confirmation, an audacious feat of psychic ventriloquism, a fiercely original record of the spirit's obsession with, and awe of, earth
Averno by Louise Glück( Book )

16 editions published between 2006 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 1,302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Averno is a small crater lake in southern Italy, regarded by the ancient Romans as the entrance to the underworld. That place gives its name to Louise Glück's eleventh collection: in a landscape turned irretrievably to winter, it is the only source of heat and light, a gate or passageway that invites traffic between worlds while at the same time opposing their reconciliation. Averno is an extended lamentation, its long, restless poems no less spellbinding for being without plot or hope, no less ravishing for being savage, grief-stricken. What Averno provides is not a map to a point of arrival or departure, but a diagram of where we are, the harrowing, enduring presence. --Publisher
Faithful and virtuous night by Louise Glück( Book )

15 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in English and Czech and held by 1,261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Louise Gluck is one of the finest American poets at work today. Her Poems 1962-2012 was hailed as "a major event in this country's literature" in the pages of The New York Times. Every new collection is at once a deepening and a revelation. Faithful and Virtuous Night is no exception. You enter the world of this spellbinding book through one of its many dreamlike portals, and each time you enter it's the same place but it has been arranged differently. You were a woman. You were a man. This is a story of adventure, an encounter with the unknown, a knight's undaunted journey into the kingdom of death; this is a story of the world you've always known, that first primer where "on page three a dog appeared, on page five a ball" and every familiar facet has been made to shimmer like the contours of a dream, "the dog float[ing] into the sky to join the ball." Faithful and Virtuous Night tells a single story but the parts are mutable, the great sweep of its narrative mysterious and fateful, heartbreaking and charged with wonder
The seven ages by Louise Glück( Book )

12 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 1,131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Louise Gluck has long practiced poetry as a species of clairvoyance. She began as Cassandra, at a distance, in league with the immortal; to read her books sequentially is to chart the oracle's metamorphosis into unwilling vessel, reckless, mortal and crude. The Seven Ages is Gluck's ninth book, her strangest and most bold. In it she stares down her own death, and, in so doing, forces endless superimpositions of the possible on the impossible--an act that simultaneously defies and embraces the inevitable, and is, finally, mimetic. Over and over, at each wild leap or transformation, flames shoot up the reader's spine
Meadowlands by Louise Glück( Book )

22 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 917 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In her first new book of poems since she won the Pulitzer Prize for The Wild Iris, Louise Gluck brilliantly interweavesin an astonishing book-length sequence - the dissolution of a contemporary marriage with the story of The Odyssey. Meadowlands is by turns tolerant, expansive, bracingly comic and, finally, heartbreaking. Shifting between the mythic and the modern, Louise Gluck teaches us to look at The Odyssey in a new and unexpected manner. Here we find Penelope stubbornly weaving, transforming waiting into an act of will; here, too, a shrewd preternaturally knowing adolescent Telemachus, a divided Odysseus, a worldly Circe. A modern couple also occupies these poems, engaged in the endless negotiation of contemporary domestic realities rendered in an ongoing conversation, eternally unresolved, rich with the charged trivia of daily life
Vita Nova by Louise Glück( Book )

19 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 887 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet returns with a book length sequence combining the ecstatic utterance of "The Wild Iris" with the worldly dramas elaborated in "Meadowlands" 64 pp
Poems 1962-2012 by Louise Glück( Book )

10 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 847 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The collected works of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award-winning writer explores her transfigured landscapes and offers insight into her unique form created to reflect the human drive to release the past in order to realize the yet-unimagined
Ararat by Louise Glück( Book )

15 editions published between 1990 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 839 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A village life by Louise Glück( Book )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 823 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Proofs & theories : essays on poetry by Louise Glück( Book )

13 editions published between 1994 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 721 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

She shares her skepticism with a whole temper of post-modern critical thought. But post-modernism, on the whole, has stood aside from what artists have thought was at stake in their art in order to dissect it. Ms. Gluck is also quite expert - wry sometimes, darkly funny even - at dissection but in these essays one never doubts what is at stake: an art as truthful, adamant, and unflinching as the intelligence that she brings to her own. Proofs & Theories is not a casual collection. It is the testament of a major poet
The house on marshland by Louise Glück( Book )

11 editions published between 1876 and 1992 in English and held by 720 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first four books of poems by Louise Glück( Book )

12 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in English and held by 656 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Louise Gluck says in one of her essays that every end of a book is for her a "conscious diagnostic act, a swearing off" in which she discerns the themes, habits, and preoccupations of the previous volume to define the tasks of the next. The First Four Books of Poems shows this poet in the conscious evolution she describes, marking time in changes. Readers will hear specifics of sequence: where the ferocious tension of her first book, Firstborn, moves towards the more finely-spun lyricism of her second, The House on Marshland. They will also discover how the charged nouns of that book acquire more intimate weight to become the icons in her third, Descending Figure, and then rise to an archetypal mythic scale in The Triumph of Achilles. These poems are as various as the force of Gluck's intelligence is constant. In another essay, she cautions, "the deft skirting of despair is a life lived on the surface, intimidated by depth, a life that refuses to be used by time, which it tries instead to dominate or evade." The First Four Books of Poems attests to how truly Gluck has tested and proven the validity of her own warning. The fierce, austerely beautiful voice that has become Gluck's trademark speaks in these poems of a life lived in unflinching awareness. Always she is moving in and around the achingly real, writing poems adamant in their accuracy and depth. Their progression is proof of her commitment to change; with her first four books of poetry collected in a single volume, Louise Gluck shows herself happily "used by time."
American originality : essays on poetry by Louise Glück( Book )

7 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A luminous collection of essays from one of our most original and influential poets. Five decades after her debut poetry collection, Firstborn, Louise Glück is a towering figure in American letters. Written with the same probing, analytic control that has long distinguished her poetry, American Originality is Glück's second book of essays--her first, Proofs and Theories, won the 1993 PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction. Glück's moving and disabusing lyricism is on full display in this decisive new collection. From its opening pages, American Originality forces readers to consider contemporary poetry and its demigods in radical, unconsoling, and ultimately very productive ways. Determined to wrest ample, often contradictory meaning from our current literary discourse, Glück comprehends and destabilizes notions of "narcissism" and "genius" that are unique to the American literary climate. This includes erudite analyses of the poets who have interested her throughout her own career, such as Rilke, Pinsky, Chiasson, and Dobyns, and introductions to the first books of poets like Dana Levin, Peter Streckfus, Spencer Reece, and Richard Siken. Forceful, revealing, challenging, and instructive, American Originality is a seminal critical achievement"--
Descending figure by Louise Glück( Book )

6 editions published in 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Firstborn; [poems] by Louise Glück( Book )

15 editions published between 1968 and 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 497 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The best American poetry, 1993 by Louise Glück( Book )

5 editions published in 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collection of seventy-five poems chosen from literary journals and magazines representing a wide variety of styles found in American poetry
October by Louise Glück( Book )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains six poems written by Louise Glück that explore the season of autumn
Stillness and change by John Aylward( )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Louise Glück by Louise Glück( Visual )

8 editions published between 1988 and 2016 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Louise Glück, winner of the National Book Critics' Circle Award, reads at the Los Angeles Theatre Center and is interviewed by Lewis MacAdams"--Container
Where poems come from( Visual )

8 editions published between 1989 and 2016 in English and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

15 major poets read and discuss the origins of their poetry: Yehuda Amichai, Lucille Clifton, Victor Hernandez Cruz, Allen Ginsberg, Louise Glück, Joy Harjo, Galway Kinnell, Philip Levine, W.S. Merwin, Czeslaw Milosz, Octavio Paz, Ishmael Reed, Gary Snyder, Anne Waldman, and Alice Walker
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The wild iris
AvernoThe seven agesMeadowlandsVita NovaAraratA village lifeProofs & theories : essays on poetryThe first four books of poems
Alternative Names
Glück, Louise Elisabeth

Glück, Louise Elisabeth 1943-

Glueck , Louise

Louise Glück American poet

Louise Glück Amerikaans schrijfster

Louise Glück poétesse américaine

Louise Glück poetisa estadounidense

Louise Glück US-amerikanische Lyrikerin und Essayistin

Глюк, Луиза

Луиза Глюк

גליק, לואיז 1943-

לואיז גליק

לואיז גליק משוררת אמריקאית