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The Wild Iris by Louise Glück
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Sep 28, 2009

it was amazing

Stunning. The voices of the flowers mix with the voice of God and voice(s?) pleading to God. A fascinating meditation on life, death, the afterlife, depression, recovery, Biblical themes, etc., as revealed through the metaphors of these flowers. Lots of tonal shifts--tones range from angry to interrogative to melancholic to peaceful. I think I enjoy Gluck more when her poems use some sort of stand-in or myth (flowers, Persephone, etc.) to get at something than her more direct poems (i.e. her more confessional ones about mothers, sisters, daughters).

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