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Poems 1962-2012

4.51 of 5 stars 4.51  ·  rating details  ·  218 ratings  ·  26 reviews
The collected works of the inimitable Pulitzer Prize–winning poet

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, l
Paperback, 634 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published January 1st 2012)
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This is the book you'll want to spend time with. Not because the poems are difficult (though they occasionally can be) but because the poems are so candid and brave. It's wonderful to see that even the very early poems had a wildness, an untamed nature that made the work refreshing.

This is a dream gift for anyone who's a fan of Gluck. The size of the book makes it most suitable for libraries. If this book had existed when I was in graduate school, I would have made it my prize collection and qu
Perfect, in every way. Gluck (pronounced: Glick), who was literally a student of legendary poet Stanley Kunitz, writes neat (in their configuration on the page; not always in their sentiment), meaningful poems about herself, her parents and sister, her husband and son. She is a fin de siecle poet of historical imagination, domesticity, and metaphyics. A striking equivalent to the brilliant American women novelists of our time, I wish her poetry had a wider audience. (Though she's hardly unknown. ...more
James Murphy
Here's Louise Gluck in all her majesty. From the early individualisms to the classical tropes to Homer in New Jersey to the life of a village, she writes a poetry representing all humanity. Whether written in the voices of the residents of a provincial village or the modern voices of a New Jersey family reliving the tensions of the Odyssey, these are poems spoken by man. Even in the poems about the gods, these are the stories of man. Each of her eleven books is a themed work. Besides Homer here' ...more
I just met Glück in a friend's poetry workshop. She's very much the Rimbaud type, writing a whole book in a week and spending the rest of her time drinking, masturbating, reading seed catalogues.
Cooper Renner
I haven't finished this book and probably never will. I wanted to reread her early books--which I had found good in the '70s and '80s--and at least try to read some of the later work, most of which I hadn't previously read and had found "lame" when browsed/looked at. I still find many of the early poems good, though by the time of Triumph of Achilles the chatty self-obsession was present, a fact I hadn't noted before. I've read some or all of three or four of the books after Triumph, and they ar ...more
Sigrun Hodne

All day he works at his cousin’s mill,
so when he gets home at night, he always sits at this one window,
sees one time of dauy, twilight.
There should be more time lilke this, to sit and dream.
It’s as his cousin says:
Living— living takes you away from sitting.

In the window, not the world but a squared-off landscape
representing the world. The seasons change,
each visible only a few hours a day.
Green things followed by golden things followed by whiteness—
abstractions from which come intense pl
This was somewhat of a mixed grouping of poems, and I skimmed more than read (reading every poem in a book this large all in one go would be like eating an entire bag of Oreos in one go; wouldn't matter how good they were, after a while you'd get tired and a little sick of them). The poems that I liked the most and could connect with were the first person narrative pieces written from the perspectives of various historical or mythical characters: Penelope, Circe, Joan of Arc, Gretel, Telemachus, ...more
Joan Colby
First and foremost, I’m a huge admirer of Gluck’s poetry. What is interesting in reading from her earliest to her latest work is the consistency of her voice and style from the start. Even as a young poet, she speaks with authority.
Eric Rickert
The long-form version of Beyonce's ***FLAWLESS, the book equivalent of a mic drop, the reason the printing press was invented.

The unused subtitle: Jaw-Dropping Perfection, or Kiss My Ass
One of those leisurely reads. You know, when the morning paper's late. Read a few Louises. Plain, conversational, at times unlovely. As with Hemingway, gives you ideas. Yes, I can do this. Deceivingly simple. No problem. Imitation. Success. But, not really. Luckily, we share a love of the earth, the seasons, plants, animals. Louise writes much more first-person than I dare to. Confessional stuff. Her husband, God help us. Persephone, Gods help her. But it finished strong. "The Village" set. Thor ...more
I don't jump at the chance to own every contemporary poet's collected works, but Louise Gluck's is one of the few that every poetry reader should have. Containing her twelve books of poetry, it's a treat to see the progression of Gluck's work, as she's only gotten better, over time. That said, each book is still enjoyable on its own, little novels in verse that transport the reader through nature, myth, and events of Gluck's life.

Also fascinating are the dichotomies often used to describe Gluck'
too much to read at once, many poems rely on the assumption that I know about mythological characters, some poems have obscure meanings. I like many of the poems, but not most. I'm sure many will love this book. I decided to purchase some of the individual books. this was a library book.
Samantha Schroeder
I especially suggest reading "The Mirror."
Fun to read aloud.
It's somehow overwhelming to have them all here, something like eleven books in the course of one career, without forward or introduction or comment, one after another, front to back. One is tempted to read from the center out in both directions, which is what I did. I've loved all her books individually. Something is lost in an omnibus like this--some kind of organizing principle, or perhaps a simple intimacy. It's too heavy in the hand.
"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 eerie precision for word and phrase. She is tough to read in great gobs, but richly rewarding." - Dennis J. Hutchinson
My favorite poetess, without a doubt.
World Literature Today
"Emerging from a reading of this accomplished collected works is like having run a rigorous marathon." - Rita Signorelli-Pappas, Princeton, New Jersey

This book was reviewed in the May 2013 issue of World Literature Today. Read the full review by visiting our site:
I need to buy this, I keep having to return it to the library! I read most of it, and love love love. I'm usually one to flip around in a book of poetry, but this one I read from the beginning and loved how it felt like, I don't know, all one book. Beautiful, beautiful.
I don't always read poetry, but when I do, I prefer Louise Gluck. Actually, this is the first poetry book I have ever read and it was great. Entertainment Weekly's Jeff Giles review is spot on (,,20660...).
Alejandro Morales
It's just wonderful to have at my home's bookshelf this collection of the whole Glück's poetry between 1962 and 2012. Poems full of brilliant imagery, emotions and reflection. It is, from my point of view, a "must" for every poetry reader.
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.
I can't begin to express how much I enjoy Louise Gluck's writing. This is a must own!
Loving this book. Am savouring it.
Richard Anderson
Couldn't get any better than this.
Christine Morton
inspired me to write a few poems!
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Glück was born in New York City of Hungarian Jewish heritage and grew up on Long Island. Glück attended Sarah Lawrence College and later Columbia University.

Glück is the author of twelve books of poetry, including: "A Village Life" (2009); Averno (2006), which was a finalist for The National Book Award; The Seven Ages (2001); Vita Nova (1999), which was awarded The New Yorker's Book Award in Poetr
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“Living things don't all require
light in the same degree. Some of us
make our own light: a silver leaf
like a path no one can use, a shallow
lake of silver in the darkness under the great maples.

But you know this already.
You and the others who think
you live for truth and, by extension, love
all that is cold.”
“They sat far apart
deliberately, to experience, daily,
the sweetness of seeing each other across
great distance.”
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