Louise Gluck

(22 April 1943 / New York / United States)

Louise Gluck Poems

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

Comments about Louise Gluck

  • Savita Tyagi Savita Tyagi (10/14/2015 9:01:00 AM)

    wonderful! Such deep insight in emotional understanding.

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  • Guillermo Fernandez (8/15/2014 12:26:00 PM)

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  • Richard Beevor Richard Beevor (5/28/2014 10:22:00 AM)

    All Hallows has a lovely dark chill that gives me a tingle, one of my favourite poems as of today, you are a wonderful poet, I wish I could aspire to your heights, thank you for your work.

  • Jacqui Thewless Jacqui Thewless (4/20/2010 11:00:00 AM)

    I'm wondering why my comment about Matins seems to have been repeated (not by myself) .

  • Sylva Portoian (12/12/2009 4:44:00 AM)

    I liked the Third Stanza:
    ' How can you understand me,
    if you can't understand your self.'

  • Jeff Dryer (2/19/2005 2:22:00 PM)

    This is not your poem. Good try though. Its by John Donne.

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 ...

Read the full of Celestial Music

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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