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THE SEVEN AGES - Scarce Fine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed by Louise Gluck

Gluck, Louise

ISBN 10: 0880016345 / ISBN 13: 9780880016346
Published by Hopewell, NJ: The Ecco Press, 2001
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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1st Printing. Signed. 68 pages. Published in 2001. The author's ninth collection of poems. One of Louise Gluck's finest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Louise Gluck's "The Seven Ages". According to admirers and critics, her boldest poetic statement yet. "Investigates the disappointments, unfinished quests, and unanswered questions that compose, arrange, and ruin a life. Gluck dares her readers to ask, as they might have in childhood, harrowing questions. Scenes, queries, and moments of self-analysis throughout the volume investigate the ways in which we change in the course of a lifetime, the ways our minds change from moment to moment; and the ways in which time changes everything. Wise, densely crafted meditations" (Publishers Weekly). "In it she stares down her own death, and, in so doing, forces endless superimpositions of the possible on the impossible" (Publisher's blurb). Gluck has found a way out of the "confessional" mode of American poetry without renouncing what is valuable and true about it. Just as C. P. Cavafy found a way to unite the mythical and the personal, all of Gluck's work is autobiography melded to an acute knowledge of and passion for the great myths. "Why do I suffer? / Why am I ignorant? / I'm awake; I am in the world / I expect / no further assurance" (Louise Gluck). An absolute "must-have" title for Louise Gluck collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Louise Gluck. It is signed directly on the page, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1985 for "The Triumph of Achilles". Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1993 for "The Wild Iris". America's Poet Laureate in 2003 and 2004. One of the greatest poets of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER LOUISE GLUCK TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0880016345. Bookseller Inventory # 14696

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Title: THE SEVEN AGES - Scarce Fine Copy of The ...

Publisher: Hopewell, NJ: The Ecco Press, 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Since Ararat in 1990, Louise Gluck has been exploring a form that is, according to poet Robert Hass, her invention. Vita Nova-- like its immediate predecessors, a booklength sequence -- combines the ecstatic utterance of The Wild Iris with the worldly dramas elaborated in Meadowlands. Vita Nova is a book that exists in the long moment of spring: a book of deaths and beginnings, resignation and hope; brutal, luminous, and farseeing. Like late Yeats, Vita Nova dares large statement. By turns stern interlocutor and ardent novitiate, Gluck compasses the essential human paradox. In Vita Nova, Louise Gluck manages the apparently impossible: a terrifying act of perspective that brings into resolution the smallest human hope and the vast forces that shape and thwart it.

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No poet has grafted her life more stubbornly to myth than Louise Glück. In Meadowlands, this meant voyaging simultaneously through the Odyssey and the disintegration of her marriage; in Vita Nova, the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice provides a backdrop to the bitter aftermath of divorce. "No one wants to be the muse; / in the end, everyone wants to be Orpheus," Glück pithily notes, but here, she assumes both voices--the grieving artist and his doubly silenced love. "How would you like to die / while Orpheus was singing? / A long death; all the way to Dis / I heard him," the nymph complains in "Relic," while in "Orfeo," the bard dwells almost lovingly on both his loss and his art:

I have lost my Eurydice,
I have lost my lover,
and suddenly I am speaking French
and it seems to me I have never been in better voice;
it seems these songs
are songs of a high order.
In the end, of course, it's not Eurydice but his own pain that Orpheus immortalizes. "I made a harp of disaster / to perpetuate the beauty of my last love," Glück admits, but this is less a matter of personal glory than it is of sheer survival. And besides, she reminds us, "sometimes / our consolations are the costliest thing."

Glück is an excruciatingly honest poet, but not, exactly, a confessional one. Vita Nova holds her life at arm's length, examining its particulars with almost Olympian detachment. Several of these poems include a self-interrogation, rendered in a voice equal parts prosecutor and witness for the defense: "Ask her how he touched her." "Ask her what she remembers." "Ask her if the fire hurts," demands a speaker in "The Burning Heart." Is this Eurydice's story as accident report? Séance? Cross-examination? Elsewhere, her troubles come rendered in a piercing gallows wit. In the volume's final poem, "Vita Nova" (the second of two with that same title), she dreams a dog, then dreams a custody fight with her ex. Be brave, she tells her hypothetical pet--"this is / all material; you'll wake up / in a different world, / you will eat again, you will grow up into a poet!" One senses that for Glück, it's all material--marriage, divorce, life, death, even and especially the ancient drama of myth. These are poems of rebirth, but of a particular kind--not of hope, and certainly not of youth, but of something far more important: poetry itself. In "The Nest," as Glück emerges from her grief, she feels her mind once again engage with the world, thinking "first, I love it. / Then, I can use it." --Mary Park

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