A Village Life by Louise Glück

By Louise Glück

A Village existence, Louise Glück's 11th choice of poems, starts off within the topography of a village, a Mediterranean international of no sure second or place:

All the roads within the village unite on the fountain.

Avenue of Liberty, street of the Acacia Trees—

The fountain rises on the heart of the plaza;

on sunny days, rainbows within the piss of the cherub.

—from "tributaries"

Around the fountain are concentric circles of figures, equipped through age and in levels of distance: fields, a river, and, just like the fountain's contrary, a mountain. Human time superimposed on geologic time, all taken in at a look, with none undue sensation of velocity.

Glück has been referred to as a lyrical and dramatic poet; considering that Ararat, she has formed her austere intensities into book-length sequences. right here, for the 1st time, she speaks as "the form of describing, supervising intelligence present in novels instead of poetry," as Langdon Hammer has written of her lengthy lines—expansive, fluent, and full—manifesting a relaxed omniscience. whereas Glück's demeanour is novelistic, she focuses now not on motion yet on pauses and durations, moments of suspension (rather than suspense), in a dreamlike current stressful during which poetic hypothesis and mirrored image are attainable.

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Can one man think one thing and think it long? Can one man be one thing and be it long? The very man despising honest quilts Lies quilted to his poll in his despite. For realist, what is is what should be. And so it came, his cabin shuffled up, His trees were planted, his duenna brought Her prismy blonde and clapped her in his hands, The curtains flittered and the door was closed. Crispin, magister of a single room, Latched up the night. So deep a sound fell down It was as if the solitude concealed And covered him and his congenial sleep.

The magnificent cause of being, The imagination, the one reality In this imagined world Leaves you With him for whom no phantasy moves, And you are pierced by a death. HOMUNCULUS ET LA BELLE ETOILE In the sea, Biscayne, there prinks The young emerald, evening star, Good light for drunkards, poets, widows, And ladies soon to be married. By this light the salty fishes Arch in the sea like tree-branches, Going in many directions Up and down. This light conducts The thoughts of drunkards, the feelings Of widows and trembling ladies, The movements of fishes.

Virgin of boorish births, Swiftly in the mghts, In the porches of Key West, Behind the bougainvilleas, After the guitar is asleep, 47 Lasciviously as the wind, You come tormenting, Insatiable, When you might sit, A scholar of darkness, Sequestered over the sea, \Vearing a clear tiara Of red and blue and red, Sparkling, solitary, still, In the high sea-shadow. Donna, donna, dark, Stooping in indigo gown And cloudy constellations, Conceal yourself or disclose Fewest things to the loverA hand that bears a thick-leaved fruit, A pungent bloom against your shade.

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