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The Wild Iris by Louise Glück
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Jan 30, 12

Read in January, 2012

This book has been a delightful read. Louise Gluck speaks to the audience a modern myth through the dialogues of the flowers, God, and the woman gardener (both through her prayers and her interior monologues). What is wonderful in this book is the subtle overlaps in dialogue; these collection of voices are speaking to each other. The garden and its inhabitants are mirrors that of the relationship between God and His creations.

Beginning with the titular poem The Wild Iris, Gluck establishes the cycle of detachment, the pattern of life and death of a human being through the voice of an iris, who is conscious of her life in this being and purports a meditative thought of being born again, a consciousness “returning from oblivion to find a voice.”

The theme of detachment is then continued throughout the poems set during spring. More to the point, this detachment is only connoted and not explicitly stated throughout the poems but is highly referred to as a dualism caused by the birth of humanity. Humans have need of separation, thus God have us separation, but in doing so, it is a form of excommunication. What was and still is a part of God became a non-entity. This implied that life was full and complete when we humans were still part of God. It is interesting to note the Biblical references to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and how Eve chose to partake from the Tree of Knowledge that precipitated the fall of man.

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