A Village Life

A Village Life

Louise Glück


A Village existence, Louise Glück's 11th number of poems, starts off within the topography of a village, a Mediterranean international of no yes second or place:

All the roads within the village unite on the fountain.

Avenue of Liberty, street of the Acacia Trees—

The fountain rises on the heart of the plaza;

on sunny days, rainbows within the piss of the cherub.

—from "tributaries"

Around the fountain are concentric circles of figures, prepared via age and in levels of distance: fields, a river, and, just like the fountain's contrary, a mountain. Human time superimposed on geologic time, all taken in at a look, with none undue sensation of velocity.

Glück has been often called a lyrical and dramatic poet; given that Ararat, she has formed her austere intensities into book-length sequences. right here, for the 1st time, she speaks as "the form of describing, supervising intelligence present in novels instead of poetry," as Langdon Hammer has written of her lengthy lines—expansive, fluent, and full—manifesting a peaceful omniscience. whereas Glück's demeanour is novelistic, she focuses no longer on motion yet on pauses and periods, moments of suspension (rather than suspense), in a dreamlike current stressful within which poetic hypothesis and mirrored image are attainable.

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