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Poems 1962-2012

by Louise Gluck

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


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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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Excerpt: Poems 1962-2012


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.