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Vita Nova

Louise Glück

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Categories: American, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • You saved me, you should remember me.

    The spring of the year; young men buying tickets for the ferry boats.
    Laughter, because the air is full of apple blossoms.
    When I woke up, I realized I was capable of the same feeling.

    I remember sounds like that from my childhood,
    laughter for no cause, simply because the world is beautiful,
    something like that.

    Lugano. Tables under the apple trees.
    Deckhands raising and lowering the colored flags.
    And by the lake's edge, a young man throws his hat into the water;
    perhaps his sweetheart has accepted him.

    from 'Vita Nova'

    Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2020

    Since Ararat in 1990, Louise Glück has been exploring a form of her own invention, the book-length sequence which combines worldly dramas and ecstatic utterance, a literal world and the worlds of legend and myth that impart meaning or irony to our ways of life, love and separation. Vita Nova exists in a long moment of spring, of deaths and beginnings. The verse is far-seeing, written in the elected shadow of Dante. Glück brings her subjects into sharp focus: the smallest human hopes in the light of the vast forces that shape and thwart them.

    Louise Glűck is the author of twelve books of poems and two collections of essays. She received the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature "for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal." Her other awards include the National Humanities Medal, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, ... read more
    Awards won by Louise Glück 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 Glück '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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