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October

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The third annual edition of Sarabande’s Quarternote Chapbook Series.
"Identifying with the season of autumn, the dark of it, the barren, irreversible future of it, and the beauty of it, which is not seen as redemptive, the voice of Louise Glück is starker, more direct, more emotionally charged than it has ever been. October is a masterpiece."—Mark Strand
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Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Sarabande Books
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Julie
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wax-poetic
It's hot here still, in Colorado, but the mornings and evenings hold the crisp promise of autumn.

The pumpkins out in our garden appear cheerful and plump, and the first yellow patches have appeared on the Sunburst Honey Locusts.

All poets and romantics unite, for autumn comes!

I have always particularly embraced this season, but when autumn comes for Louise Gluck in October, it is not the typical poetic celebration of red, yellow and green. Gluck does not shriek, nor clasp her hands in ecstasy as
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Jeannie
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Jeannie by: Julie
Shelves: 2019, poetry
The brightness of the day becomes
the brightness of the night;
the fire becomes the mirror

My friend the earth is bitter; I think
sunlight has failed her.
Bitter or weary, it is hard to say.

Between herself and the sun,
something has ended.
She wants, now, to be left alone;
I think we must give up
turning to her for affirmation.

Above the fields,
above the roofs of the village houses,
the brilliance that made all life possible
becomes the cold stars.

Lie still and watch:
they give nothing but ask nothing.

From
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Sidharth Vardhan
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Surely it is a privilege to approach the
end
still believing in something. "
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mwpm mwpm
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Is it winter again, is it cold again,
didn't Frank just slip on the ice,
didn't he heal, weren't the spring seeds planted

didn't the night end,
didn't the melting ice
flood the narrow gutters

wasn't my body
rescued, wasn't it safe

didn't the scar form, invisible
above the injury

terror and cold,
didn't they just end, wasn't the back garden
harrowed and planted -

I remember how the earth felt, red and dense,
in stiff rows, weren't the seeds planted,
didn't vines climb the south wall

I can't hear your voice
for th
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Haley
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
October is one medium-length poem told in six parts. Gluck's contemplation of the waning of the seasons reminded me powerfully of the classic Greek myth regarding the seasons: Persephone is dragged to the underworld, and the natural world grieves with Demeter. Gluck contemplates violence and earth and the difficulty of revival in this piece. It is touching and beautiful and sad. ...more
Teresa
Dec 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I got this chapbook today at a used bookstore for two dollars. It was the best two bucks I’ve spend in long time.

death cannot harm me
More than you have harmed me,
My beloved life.

Ruby
Dec 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, y2015
"it does me no good
to be good to me now"

3.5
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Katherine
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm not a poetry expert, but I cannot recommend this highly enough. It is captivating, wrenching, wistful, and lovely--all traits that the titular month embodies to me. I wish more people would read it so we could all meet together to discuss it in a candlelit room. ...more
Ryan Reed
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
A delicious treat of a poem, this short book takes a moment to consider the Fall and all that came before it. Gluck speaks about beauty in the end of things, the passing of things, and the sad ephemeral nature of experience. Absolutely delightful.
Frank Delaere
Read and reread over the years. A gem, often in my bag.

I was young here. Riding /
the subway with my small book / as though to defend myself against /

this same world: /

you are not alone, /
the poem said, /
in the dark tunnel.
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Oct 09, 2020 marked it as to-read
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Maya
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
life-altering, read it again and again.
Andrea
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Poignant and lovely
Jude
Apr 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: the grieving celebrants of life
Shelves: poetry
...the light of autumn: you will not be spared.

In a way, this is where i went after Mary Oliver. Gluck is in the natural and physical world too. Her vision is brilliant, dark, fearless. Nature becomes not simply a lover humanity has betrayed, but a mirror of all we refused to let her tell us about consequence within and without an individual human life.

This chapbook was my introduction to Gluck. When i went looking i found the Pulitzer prize winner -The Wild Iris. This woman is amazing.
Jenni
Jul 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poets
Amazing chapbook and poem. I'd give it four and a half stars if there was that option, but it's not quite a five. ...more
Kristin
Aug 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I read this monthly.
Sam Rasnake
Jan 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I have a weakness for chapbooks - and this is an amazing work - a poem, chapbook length. #3 in the Quarternote series.
Cheryl
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
A meditation on the autumn of one's life. Clear, concise, and accessible. ...more
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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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“How privileged you are, to be
passionately
clinging to what you love;
the forfeit of hope has not destroyed you.”
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“this is the light of autumn; it has turned
on us.
Surely it is a privilege to approach the
end
still believing in something.”
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