A Village Life: Poems - Louise Gluck

The poems of A Village Life (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $23), the 11th collection by the former Poet Laureate, Louise Glück, are as straightforward as the title suggests. While Glück often uses mythology, here her speakers aren’t gods or heroes but anonymous villagers living in accordance with natural rhythms and annual rituals. The stuff more of a Hardy novel than of fable or fairy tale, Glück’s men and women work hard and dream of another life in the city, but persevere where they are, believing that “whatever happened in that window/we were in harmony with it.” Glück  doesn’t idealize or sentimentalize the “simple” life; it’s not simple, and like any other, it comes with disappointment and isolation. Her characters know that “to get born, your body makes a pact with death,/and from that moment, all it tries to do is cheat.” These sharply observed, often witty lyrics offer brief moments of ordinary lives, yet encapsulate a narrative fullness and complexity—from first love through loss and aging—common to everyone everywhere.

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ISBN: 9780374283742
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 1st, 2009

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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 14th, 2010

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