October (Quarternote Chapbook Series)

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9781932511000: October (Quarternote Chapbook Series)

The third annual edition of Sarabande’s Quarternote Chapbook Series.

"Identifying with the season of autumn, the dark of it, the barren, irreversible future of it, and the beauty of it, which is not seen as redemptive, the voice of Louise Glück is starker, more direct, more emotionally charged than it has ever been. October is a masterpiece."—Mark Strand

Louise Glück is the author of nine books of poetry. Her many honors include a National Book Critics Circle Award, a Bobbitt National Poetry Prize, a Pulitzer Prize, the first annual New Yorker Magazine’s Readers Award, an Ambassador’s Award, a William Carlos Williams Award, a Lannan Literary Award, a PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Nonfiction and a Bollingen Prize for Poetry.

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About the Author:

Glück is the author of nine books of poetry, including The Triumph of Achilles (won the National Book Critics Circle Award), Ararat (won the Bobbitt National Poetry Prize), The Wild Iris (received the Pulitzer Prize), and Vita Nova (won the first annual New Yorker Magazine's Readers Award and the Ambassador's Award). Her honors include the William Carlos Williams Award, a Lannan Literary Award, the 2001 Bollingen Prize for Poetry, and, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Nonfiction. She teaches at Williams College.

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Section I of October

I.

Is it winter again, is it cold again,
didn't Frank just slip on the ice,
didn't he heal, weren't the spring seeds planted

didn't the night end,
didn't the melting ice
flood the narrow gutters

wasn't my body
rescued, wasn't it safe

didn't the scar form, invisible
above the injury

terror and cold,
didn't they just end, wasn't the back garden
harrowed and planted?

I remember how the earth felt, red and dense,
in stiff rows, weren't the seeds planted,
didn't vines climb the south wall

I can't hear your voice
for the wind's cries, whistling over the bare ground

I no longer care
what sound it makes

when was I silenced, when did it first seem
pointless to describe that sound

what it sounds like can't change what it is?

didn't the night end, wasn't the earth
safe when it was planted

didn't we plant the seeds,
weren't we necessary to the earth,

the vines, were they harvested?

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