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Meadowlands by Louise Glück
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Sep 14, 2009

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Not so much. I love the Odyssey and I love Gluck, but somehow this collection fell flat. The most powerful poems were from Telemachus' perspective. But where does Telemachus fit in to the weaving of the couples now and then? Do we ever hear something from the modern day children's perspective? The snappy bickering between the modern couple doesn't ultimately seem to echo between Penelope and Odysseus. What do the "meadowlands" relate to in the ancient, mythic world? Elysian fields??? This collection never came together for me. I realize that it might be too cutesy or overdone if everything had an overt reflection, but I need a few handholds to keep me going.
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