Winter Recipes from the Collective: Poems

Winter Recipes from the Collective: Poems

by Louise Glück


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There is truly nothing like the words of a poet to help us reflect. What better poet than Noble Prize winner Louise Gluck to set us in a moment of introspection. These poems will do your soul good.


A haunting new book by a poet whose voice speaks of all our lifetimes

Louise Glück’s thirteenth book is among her most haunting. Here as in the Wild Iris there is a chorus, but the speakers are entirely human, simultaneously spectral and ancient. Winter Recipes from the Collective is chamber music, an invitation into that privileged realm small enough for the individual instrument to make itself heard, dolente, its line sustained, carried, and then taken up by the next instrument, spirited, animoso, while at the same time being large enough to contain a whole lifetime, the inconceivable gifts and losses of old age, the little princesses rattling in the back of a car, an abandoned passport, the ingredients of an invigorating winter sandwich, a sister’s death, the joyful presence of the sun, its brightness measured by the darkness it casts.

“Some of you will know what I mean,” the poet says, by which she means, some of you will follow me. Hers is the sustaining presence, the voice containing all our lifetimes, “all the worlds, each more beautiful than the last.” This magnificent book couldn’t have been written by anyone else, nor could it have been written by the poet at any other time in her life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374604103
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 10/26/2021
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 11,338
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.13(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Louise Glück is the author of two collections of essays and more than a dozen books of poems. Her many awards include the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature, the 2015 National Humanities Medal, the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for The Wild Iris, the 2014 National Book Award for Faithful and Virtuous Night, the 1985 National Book Critics Circle Award for The Triumph of Achilles, the 2001 Bollingen Prize, the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poems 1962–2012, and the 2008 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets. She teaches at Yale University and Stanford University and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Poem 3

The Denial of Death 5

Winter Recipes from the Collective 12

Winter Journey 17

Night Thoughts 20

An Endless Story 21

Presidents' Day 26

Autumn 27

Second Wind 30

The Setting Sun 31

A Sentence 37

A Children's Story 38

A Memory 39

Afternoons and Early Evenings 40

Song 41

Acknowledgments 45

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