Poems 1962-2012

by Louise Gluck

Poems 1962-2012

Hardcover, 634 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, List Price: $40 | purchase

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The collected works of the Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Critics Circle Award-winning writer explores her transfigured landscapes and offers insight into her unique form, created to reflect the human drive to release the past in order to realize the yet-unimagined.

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A pal of mine has a particularly hectic life. He's a father of two with a house in the suburbs, a long commute and a high-stress media job. Probably without his knowing it, his hair — at times rising off his head like a fright wig — has gotten wilder with each passing year. And yet, via email, he sends his friends a poem every day. "One must strive to be civilized," he says.

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My body, now that we will not be traveling together much longer

I begin to feel a new tenderness toward you, very raw and unfamiliar,

like what I remember of love when I was young –

love that was so often foolish in its objectives

but never in its choices, its intensities.

Too much demanded in advance, too much that could not be promised —

My soul has been so fearful, so violent:

forgive its brutality.

As though it were that soul, my hand moves over you cautiously,

not wishing to give offense

but eager, finally, to achieve expression as substance:

it is not the earth I will miss,

it is you I will miss.

Excerpted from POEMS 1962-2012 by Louise Gluck, published in November 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux LLC and Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins. Copyright 2012 by Louise Gluck. All rights reserved.

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