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The Wild Iris by Louise Glück
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Oct 23, 2007

really liked it
Recommended for: benjamin
Read in November, 2007

That she dare write poems in the voice of god should be enough. Her god is inspired by Jeffers' "beautiful intolerable God," a god who is everything, all horror and beauty, both torturer and tender, and equally, nothingness. The book lets Jeffers' god reply, accuse, explain. The poems are lovely, the book is a cohesive, self-referential, sincere, and disciplined piece of loveliness. But it takes no real stylistic or personal risks. It is, in the end, simply skillful modern poetry, and not what poetry is when it is best: what it can be when the poet allows herself the desire that her poems be more than poems (or more than the poetry of the day), and succeeds in this.

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