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A Village Life by Louise Glück
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May 27, 11

Read from May 24 to 27, 2011

I tend to like narrative poems, so I like Gluck's attempt to create a village (or a village life) from her poems, crafting characters and stories in this book. I also like her reoccuring motifs, such as the bats or the burning leaves, that help tie the connection together. However, I thought some of her poems were more prose-like than poetic, which weakened them. The main complaint, though, that I had of this collection is that it didn't do what poetry should do, which is help us to see the ordinary in a new light. I thought she did a good job of helping the reader see what she was portraying, but there was nothing beyond that seeing.

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