Louise Gluck

(22 April 1943 / New York / United States)

Louise Gluck Poems

1. A Fable 9/15/2015
2. A Fantasy 1/1/2004
3. A Myth of Devotion 6/15/2015
4. All Hallows 1/1/2004
5. An Adventure 6/30/2015
6. April 1/1/2004
7. Cana 1/1/2004
8. Castile 1/1/2004
9. Celestial Music 1/1/2004
10. Circe's Grief 1/1/2004
11. Circe's Power 1/1/2004
12. Circe's Torment 1/1/2004
13. Confession 1/1/2004
14. Early Darkness 1/1/2004
15. Epithalamium 10/20/2015
16. First Memory 1/1/2004
17. Happiness 1/1/2004
18. Horse 1/1/2004
19. Labor Day 1/1/2004
20. Love Poem 1/1/2004
21. Lullaby 1/1/2004
22. Matins 1/1/2004
23. Midnight 1/1/2004
24. Nostos 1/1/2004
25. October 11/21/2014
26. Odysseus' Decision 1/1/2004
27. Parable Of Faith 1/1/2004
28. Parable Of The Dove 1/1/2004
29. Parousia 1/1/2004
30. Penelope's Song 1/1/2004
31. Poem 1/1/2004
32. Portrait 4/7/2015
33. Retreating Wind 1/1/2004
34. Saints 1/1/2004
35. Siren 1/1/2004
36. Snow 1/1/2004
37. Snowdrops 1/1/2004
38. Summer 1/1/2004
39. The Butterfly 1/1/2004
40. The Fear Of Burial 1/1/2004
Best Poem of Louise Gluck

The Wild Iris

At the end of my suffering
there was a door.

Hear me out: that which you call death
I remember.

Overhead, noises, branches of the pine shifting.
Then nothing. The weak sun
flickered over the dry surface.

It is terrible to survive
as consciousness
buried in the dark earth.

Then it was over: that which you fear, being
a soul and unable
to speak, ending abruptly, the stiff earth
bending a little. And what I took to be
birds darting in low shrubs.

You who do not remember
passage from the other world
I tell you I could speak ...

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Circe's Torment

I regret bitterly
The years of loving you in both
Your presence and absence, regret
The law, the vocation
That forbid me to keep you, the sea
A sheet of glass, the sun-bleached
Beauty of the Greek ships: how
Could I have power if
I had no wish

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