9780880013345

Wild Iris

Gluck, Louise

ISBN 10: 0880013346 / 0-88001-334-6
ISBN 13: 9780880013345
Publisher: Ecco
Publication Date: 1993
Binding: Softcover
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This collection of stunningly beautiful poems encompasses the natural, human, and spiritual realms, and is bound together by the universal themes of time and mortality. With clarity and sureness of craft, Gluck's poetry questions, explores, and finally celebrates the ordeal of being alive.


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In an earlier set of poems, The Garden, Gluck retold the myth of Eden; in this sequence it is clear that paradise has been lost, and the poet, Eve-like, struggles to make sense of her place in the universe. For this old and still post-modern theme, Gluck bravely takes the risk of adopting a highly symbolic structure. She uses the conceit of parallel discourses between the flowers of a garden and the gardener (the poet), and between the gardener/poet and an unnamed god. The reader shares the poet's human predicament of being caught between these material and spiritual worlds, each lush and musical, drawing inspiration from both: from the flowers, a hymn to communality; from the god, a universal view of human suffering. The collection was awarded the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

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Book Description: Ecco Press, United States, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New edition. 226 x 155 mm. Language: English Brand New Book. The Wild Iris was written during a ten-week period in the summer of 1991. Louise Cluck s first four collections consistently returned to the natural world, to the classical and biblical narratives that arose to explain the phenomena of this world, to provide meaning and to console. Ararat, her fifth book, offered a substitution for the received: a demotic, particularized myth of contemporary family. Now in The Wild Iris, her most important and accomplished collection to date, ecstatic imagination supplants both empiricism and tradition, creating an impassioned polyphonic exchange among the god who disclose[s]/virtually nothing , human beings who leave/signs of feeling/everywhere , and a garden where whatever/returns from oblivion returns/ to find a voice . The poems of this sequence see beyond mortality, the bitter discovery on which individuality depends. To be one thing/is to be next to nothing , Cluck challenges the reader. Is it enough/only to look inward? A major poet redefines her task--its thematic obsessions, its stylistic signature--with each volume. Visionary, shrewd, intuitive--and at once cyclical and apocalyptic--The Wild Iris is not a repudiation but a confirmation, an audacious feat of psychic ventriloquism, a fiercely original record of the spirit s obsession with, and awe of, earth. Bookseller Inventory # AAE9780880013345

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