The Wild Iris

The Wild Iris

Book - 1992
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Publisher: Hopewell, NJ : Ecco Press, c1992
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780880012812
Branch Call Number: 811.54 Glu
Characteristics: ix, 63 p. ; 24 cm


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Jul 10, 2018

Louise Gluck is a poet to follow from book to book. This a relatively earlier book by here that I just finally got a copy of. Careful, honest, brave, elegant, revealing are some of the words that come to mind. This volume is unified around what grows in a garden and a yard. At times it even seems she is talking to the flowers, but more it feels she is addressing someone with whom she is in an intense, at times problematic relationship. For instance, in"The Wild Rose":
"I am not like you, I have only
my body for a voice; I can't
disappear into silence"
And then the poem closes:
"as though you were making a sign after all...
to show me you are not the light I called to
but the blackness behind it."
Whether this is an introduction to the poet, or taking a look back at her earlier work, many of these poems will in a very honest way reach into your relations with nature and those close to you.

Dec 06, 2007

Winner of the 1993 Pulitzer prize for poetry.


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