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A Village Life (Signed First Edition)

Gluck, Louise

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ISBN 10: 0374283745 / ISBN 13: 9780374283742
Published by Farrar Straus Giroux, 2009
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New York: FSG (2009). First edition. First printing. Hardbound. New in dust jacket. A pristine unread copy. (No marks, no smells, etc.) Perfect! SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page. Comes with program from the night of her signing at the 92nd Street Y in NYC. 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # m36

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Title: A Village Life (Signed First Edition)

Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition....

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A Village Life, Louise Glück's eleventh collection of poems, begins in the topography of a village, a Mediterranean world of no definite moment or place:



All the roads in the village unite at the fountain.

Avenue of Liberty, Avenue of the Acacia Trees―

The fountain rises at the center of the plaza;

on sunny days, rainbows in the piss of the cherub.

―from "tributaries"

Around the fountain are concentric circles of figures, organized by age and in degrees of distance: fields, a river, and, like the fountain's opposite, a mountain. Human time superimposed on geologic time, all taken in at a glance, without any undue sensation of speed.

Glück has been known as a lyrical and dramatic poet; since Ararat, she has shaped her austere intensities into book-length sequences. Here, for the first time, she speaks as "the type of describing, supervising intelligence found in novels rather than poetry," as Langdon Hammer has written of her long lines―expansive, fluent, and full―manifesting a calm omniscience. While Glück's manner is novelistic, she focuses not on action but on pauses and intervals, moments of suspension (rather than suspense), in a dreamlike present tense in which poetic speculation and reflection are possible.

About the Author:

Louise Glück is the author of eleven books of poems and a collection of essays. Her many awards include the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Bollingen Prize, and the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets. She teaches at Yale University and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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