Louise Gluck

(22 April 1943 / New York / United States)

Louise Gluck Poems

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

A Fantasy

I'll tell you something: every day
people are dying. And that's just the beginning.
Every day, in funeral homes, new widows are born,
new orphans. They sit with their hands folded,
trying to decide about this new life.

Then they're in the cemetery, some of them
for the first time. They're frightened of crying,
sometimes of not crying. Someone leans over,
tells them what to do next, which might mean
saying a few words, sometimes
throwing dirt in the open grave.

And after that, everyone goes back to the house,
which is suddenly full of visitors.
The...

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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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