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Averno: Poems

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Averno: Poems

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Averno is a small crater lake in southern , regarded by the ancient Romans as the entrance to the underworld. That place gives its name to Louise Glück’s eleventh collection: in a landscape turned irretrievably to winter, it is the only source of heat and light, a gate or passageway that invites traffic between worlds while at the same time opposing their reconciliation. Averno is an extended lamentation, its long, restless poems no less spellbinding for being without plot or hope, no less ravishing for being savage, grief-stricken. What Averno provides is not a map to a point of arrival or departure, but a diagram of where we are, the harrowing, enduring presence.

Averno is a 2006 National Book Award Finalist for Poetry.

Louise Gluck has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Bollingen Prize, and is the former Poet Laureate of the United States. She teaches at Yale University and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

ISBN: 9780374107420

ISBN-10: 9780374107420

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Publication Date: 03/07/2006 - 12:00am

On Sale: 03/07/2006 - 12:00am

Pages: 96

Categories

American - General

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