Louise Gluck

(22 April 1943 / New York / United States)

Louise Gluck Poems

1. Portrait 4/7/2015
2. A Myth of Devotion 6/15/2015
3. The Past 6/18/2015
4. The Racer's Widow 6/24/2015
5. An Adventure 6/30/2015
6. A Fable 9/15/2015
7. Epithalamium 10/20/2015
8. The Myth Of Innocence 3/21/2015
9. October 11/21/2014
10. Saints 1/1/2004
11. The Garden 1/1/2004
12. The Pond 1/1/2004
13. Poem 1/1/2004
14. Retreating Wind 1/1/2004
15. The Fear Of Burial 1/1/2004
16. The Gold Lily 1/1/2004
17. Summer 1/1/2004
18. Siren 1/1/2004
19. The White Lilies 1/1/2004
20. The Butterfly 1/1/2004
21. Snowdrops 1/1/2004
22. The Triumph Of Achilles 1/1/2004
23. The Silver Lily 1/1/2004
24. Snow 1/1/2004
25. Parousia 1/1/2004
26. Parable Of Faith 1/1/2004
27. Vespers 1/1/2004
28. The Red Poppy 1/1/2004
29. The Untrustworthy Speaker 1/1/2004
30. Widows 1/1/2004
31. Cana 1/1/2004
32. Labor Day 1/1/2004
33. Nostos 1/1/2004
34. Odysseus' Decision 1/1/2004
35. Castile 1/1/2004
36. Circe's Torment 1/1/2004
37. Penelope's Song 1/1/2004
38. Parable Of The Dove 1/1/2004
39. All Hallows 1/1/2004
40. Circe's Grief 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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Confession

To say I'm without fear--
It wouldn't be true.
I'm afraid of sickness, humiliation.
Like anyone, I have my dreams.
But I've learned to hide them,
To protect myself
From fulfillment: all happiness
Attracts the Fates' anger.
They are sisters, savages--
In the end they have
No emotion but envy.

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