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GLUCK, Louise

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ISBN 10: 0880010819 / ISBN 13: 9780880010818
Published by Ecco Press, New York, 1985
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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8vo. Near fine in like jacket. Minor rubbing to jacket. Unclipped. Else bright, tight, clean, and sharp. First edition / printing of this Pulitzer-winning poet's fourth collection of verse. Uncommon in hardcover. Bookseller Inventory # 12668

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Publisher: Ecco Press, New York

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: near fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Poems consider reality, perception, aging, religion, friendship, love, myths, dreams, partings, nature, grief, and hope

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From the opening line (``It is not the moon, I tell you'') Gluck claims absolute control of subject, craft, and perception. We see what we are instructed to see; we understand what Gluck insists we understand. Gluck's sensitivity to emotional nuance is extreme: ``I ask you, how much beauty/ can a person bear? It is/ heavier than ugliness, even the burden/ of emptiness is nothing beside it.'' Her genius lies in her passionate restraint, a mingling of plain and elevated diction, a reliance on indirection and understatement. Resolution and revelation arise from the stately balance of poems which demand order from anarchy: ``Why love what you will lose?/ There is nothing else to love.'' Gluck is foremost among her generation of poets and no collection should be without all four of her full-length books. Rhoda Yerburgh, English Dept., Vermont Coll., Montpelier
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