The First Four Books of Poems

The First Four Books of Poems

by Louise Glück
     
 

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The First Four Books of Poems collects the early work that established Louise Gluck as one of America's most original and important poets. Honored with the Pulitzer Prize for The WildIris, Gluck was celebrated early in her career for her fierce, austerely beautiful voice. InFirstborn, The House on Marshland Wand, Descending Figure, and The

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The First Four Books of Poems collects the early work that established Louise Gluck as one of America's most original and important poets. Honored with the Pulitzer Prize for The WildIris, Gluck was celebrated early in her career for her fierce, austerely beautiful voice. InFirstborn, The House on Marshland Wand, Descending Figure, and The Triumph of Achilles, which wonthe National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, we see the conscious progression of apoet who speaks with blade-like accuracy and stirring depth.

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Quite simply put, a great poet is presented in the evolution of her craft, through Firstborn (1968), The House on Marshland (1975), Descending Figure (1980), and The Triumph of Achilles (1985). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780880014779
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/28/1999
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
856,454
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Read an Excerpt

The Chicago Train

Across from me the whole ride
Hardly stirred: just Mister with his barren
Skull across the arm-rest while the kid
Got his head between his mama's legs and slept. The poison
That replaces air took over.
And they sat-as though paralysis preceding death
Had nailed them there. The track bent south.
I saw her pulsing crotch... the lice rooted in that baby's hair.

First Four Books of Poems. Copyright © by Louise Gluck. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Louise Glück won the Pulitzer Prize for The Wild Iris in 1993. The author of eight books of poetry and one collection of essays, Proofs and Theories: Essays on Poetry, she has received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, the William Carlos Williams Award, and the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Nonfiction. She was named the next U.S. poet laureate in August 2003. Her most recent book is The Seven Ages. Louise Glück teaches at Williams College and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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