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The Wild Iris

Louise Glck

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ISBN: 978 1 857542 23 3
Categories: 20th Century, American, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: February 1996
216 x 135 x 5 mm
80 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  •     White over white, the moon rose over the birch tree.
        And in the crook, where the tree divides,
        leaves of the first daffodils, in moonlight
        soft greenish-silver.

        We have come too far together toward the end now
        to fear the end. These nights, I am no longer even certain
        I know what the end means. And you, who've been with a
            man --

        after the first cries,
        doesn't joy, like fear, make no sound?

    from 'The Silver Lily'

    Helen Vendler wrote in The New Republic: 'Louise Glück is a poet of strong and haunting presence. Her poems, published in a series of memorable books over the last twenty years, have achieved the unusual distinction of being neither "confessional" nor "intellectual" in the usual senses of those words, which are often thought to represent two camps in the life of poetry'.

    What a strange book The Wild Iris is, appearing in this fin-de-siècle, written in the language of flowers. It is a lieder cycle, with all the mournful cadences of that form. It wagers everything on the poetic energy remaining in the old troubadour image of the spring, the Biblical lilies of the field, natural resurrection.
    Louise Glűck, born in 1943, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1993 for her collection The Wild Iris . She has published eleven books of poetry and a book of essays on poetry, Proofs and Theories (1994). She teaches at Yale University as Writer in Residence and in ... read more
    Awards won by Louise Glck Short-listed, 2014 Forward Prize for Best Collection (Faithful and Virtuous Night) Short-listed, 2014 T. S. Eliot Prize (Faithful and Virtuous Night) Winner, 1993 Pulitzer Prize (The Wild Iris)
    Praise for Louise Glck 'Her writing's emotional and rhetorical intensity are beyond dispute. Not once in six books has she wavered from a formal seriousness, an unhurried sense of control and a starkness of expression that, like a scalpel, slices the mist dwelling between hope and pain.'
    Washington Post
    'Gluck stands at the centre of time and speaks, not with raw emotion or linguistic abandon, but with the ageless urgency of questions about the soul.'
    Partisan Review
    'Characteristically sure-footed, Glück speaks to our time in a voice that is onstage, but heard from the wings.'
    Publishers Weekly
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