Her first book of poetry, Firstborn , was recognized for its technical control as well as its collection of disaffected, isolated narratives. Yet her careful selection for rhythm and repetition, and the specificity of even her idiomatically vague phrases, give her poems a weight that is far from colloquial. The book, written in three segments, is set in a garden and imagines three voices: flowers speaking to the gardener-poet, the gardener-poet, and an omniscient god figure. The words of the assertions, though, were often humble, plain, usual; it was their hierarchic and unearthly tone that distinguished them. It was not a voice of social prophecy but of spiritual prophecy—a tone that not many women had the courage to claim. The near miss makes us shiver.
Louise Glück | Poetry Foundation
This page is available to subscribers. Click here to sign in or get access. At the beginning of September , I arrived fifteen to twenty minutes early to my first poetry workshop class at Boston University. When she introduced herself, she tucked her hair behind her ear, which caused her gold hoop earring to drop and roll toward my feet.
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Poet Fiona Sampson explains why she admires the Nobel laureate and picks her favourite poems from a long career. But what unites all this work is a quality of lucid, calm attention. There was a peach in a wicker basket. There was a bowl of fruit.
The force of her thought is evident everywhere in these essays, from her explorations of other poets' work to her skeptical contemplation of current literary critical notions such as "sincerety" and "courage. Proofs and Theories is the testament of a major poet. Like her poems, the prose of Ms. Gluck, who won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in for The Wild Iris, is compressed, fastidious, fierce, alert, and absolutely unconsoled. The force of her thought is apparent everywhere in her writing and whether she is contemplating - skeptically - the critical currency of ideas like "courage" and "sincerity", T.