Averno: Poems by (Greek deity) Persephone; Glück, Louise

By (Greek deity) Persephone; Glück, Louise

Averno is a small crater lake in southern Italy, seemed via the traditional Romans because the front to the underworld. That position supplies its identify to Louise Glück's 10th assortment: in a panorama became irretrievably to wintry weather, it's a gate or passageway that invitations site visitors among worlds whereas while resisting their reconciliation. Averno is a longer lamentation, its lengthy, stressed poems no much less spellbinding for being with no traditional resoltution or comfort, no much less ravishing for being savage, grief-stricken. What Averno offers isn't really a map to some degree of arrival or departure, yet a diagram of the place we're, the harrowing, enduring present.

Averno is a 2006 nationwide ebook Award Finalist for Poetry.

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4. The light has changed; middle C is tuned darker now. And the songs of morning sound over-rehearsed. This is the light of autumn, not the light of spring. The light of autumn: you will not be spared. The songs have changed; the unspeakable has entered them. This is the light of autumn, not the light that says I am reborn. Not the spring dawn: I strained, I suffered, I was delivered. This is the present, an allegory of waste. So much has changed. And still, you are fortunate: the ideal burns in you like a fever.

Maybe she didn’t exist, we have no proof either way. All we know is: the field burned. But we saw that. So we have to believe in the girl, in what she did. Otherwise it’s just forces we don’t understand ruling the earth. The girls are happy, thinking of their vacation. Don’t take a train, I say. They write their names in mist on a train window. I want to say, you’re good girls, trying to leave your names behind. 4. We spent the whole day sailing the archipelago, the tiny islands that were part of the peninsula until they’d broken off into the fragments you see now floating in the northern sea water.

But I wasn’t tall— didn’t I ever look in a mirror? 21. Silence in the nursery, the consulting garden. Then: What does the harp suggest? 22. I know what you want— you want Orpheus, you want death. ” Then the music began, the lament of the soul watching the body vanish. II THE EVENING STAR Tonight, for the first time in many years, there appeared to me again a vision of the earth’s splendor: in the evening sky the first star seemed to increase in brilliance as the earth darkened until at last it could grow no darker.

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