Louise Gluck

(22 April 1943 / New York / United States)

Louise Gluck Poems

1. Portrait 4/7/2015
2. The Past 6/18/2015
3. The Racer's Widow 6/24/2015
4. An Adventure 6/30/2015
5. A Summer Garden 5/25/2016
6. Aboriginal Landscape 5/25/2016
7. Archaic Fragment 5/25/2016
8. Dawn 5/25/2016
9. Elms 5/25/2016
10. Hyacinth 5/25/2016
11. Midsummer 5/25/2016
12. Nocturne 5/25/2016
13. Parable of the Hostages 5/25/2016
14. Parable of the Swans 5/25/2016
15. Visitors from Abroad 5/25/2016
16. Vita Nova 5/25/2016
17. The Empty Glass 5/25/2016
18. The Drowned Children 5/25/2016
19. Early December in Croton-on-Hudson 5/25/2016
20. Afterword 5/25/2016
21. Epithalamium 10/20/2015
22. Humidifier 5/25/2016
23. Mother and Child 5/25/2016
24. End of Winter 5/25/2016
25. The Wish 7/28/2016
26. A Fable 9/15/2015
27. Mock Orange 5/25/2016
28. A Myth of Devotion 6/15/2015
29. October 11/21/2014
30. The Myth Of Innocence 3/21/2015
31. Poem 1/1/2004
32. Saints 1/1/2004
33. The Garden 1/1/2004
34. The Gold Lily 1/1/2004
35. The Fear Of Burial 1/1/2004
36. The Pond 1/1/2004
37. Retreating Wind 1/1/2004
38. Summer 1/1/2004
39. The White Lilies 1/1/2004
40. The Butterfly 1/1/2004
Best Poem of Louise Gluck

Celestial Music

I have a friend who still believes in heaven.
Not a stupid person, yet with all she knows, she literally talks to God.
She thinks someone listens in heaven.
On earth she's unusually competent.
Brave too, able to face unpleasantness.

We found a caterpillar dying in the dirt, greedy ants crawling over it.
I'm always moved by disaster, always eager to oppose vitality
But timid also, quick to shut my eyes.
Whereas my friend was able to watch, to let events play out
According to nature. For my sake she intervened
Brushing a few ants off the torn thing, and set it ...

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Circe's Torment

I regret bitterly
The years of loving you in both
Your presence and absence, regret
The law, the vocation
That forbid me to keep you, the sea
A sheet of glass, the sun-bleached
Beauty of the Greek ships: how
Could I have power if
I had no wish

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