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A Village Life: Poems


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Louise Gl ck is the author of eleven books of poems and a collection of essays. Her many awards include the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Bollingen Prize, and the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets. She teaches at Yale University and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


"Though it resembles her others least, A Village Life may come to be seen as Gl ck's most beautiful and moving book so far . . . [It] shows a ripening of Gl ck's genius, her mastery for depicting the things of this earth . . . [and] can be seen as the work of a master poet who has done what many poets long to do: she has written about death immortally." --Adam Fitzgerald, Rain Taxi"A Village Life magnificently extends the landscapes, the harmonics, and the dramatis personae of Averno . . . More than any of Gl ck's previous volumes, A Village Life has a generous heart, a large spiritual scope in which to imagine the lives of others." --Rosanna Warren, The New Republic"Not many poets can be electrifying while keeping the stakes this hypothermically low. Gl ck is a master, finely calibrating the shocks and their intervals. This collection, her 11th, is frightening the way a living statue would be frightening if it were to smile at you." --Dana Goodyear, Los Angeles Times"Here is a poet at the unmistakable peak of her expressive power and experience . . . The characters in A Village Life do what the voice tells them. 'It says forget, you forget. / It says begin again, you begin again.' Louise Gl ck begins again, unforgettably, in this profound new collection of poems." --Carol Muske-Dukes, Huffington Post"This 11th book of verse by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Louise Gl ck offers beautiful language with a sense of loss and disappointment . . . The poems in A Village Life combine the intensity of her early work and the longer lines and insight of more recent books. The writing is often hauntingly beautiful . . . There are stanzas where Gl ck makes her landscape seem so radiant or exquisite that you don't want to turn the page." --Elizabeth Lund, Christian Science Monitor"Like Cavafy's persona pieces, the real subject of these poems is often a particular mood, not the transmission of details that distinguish, say, a child's voice from a farmer's . . . Gl ck lets us hear the silence that follows in the confessional. In my favorite poems in A Village Life, she also shows us what one who has heard that silence can now say." --Zach Savich, Kenyon Review"Louise Gl ck is one of America's most famous poets, and one of the best . . . The fictions here are really a pretext for Gl ck to stage poems that explore, for the first time, material that is neither explicitly her own biography nor that of her mythical stand-ins. Always at the mercy of the Greek gods that inspired her earlier poems, Gl ck now is playing God herself." --Morgan Teicher, Cleveland Plain Dealer

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