Friday, August 23, 2013
Louise Gluck's Piercing Poetry
Here is an excerpt from her 2004 poem "October":
Come to me, said the world. I was standing
in my wool coat at a kind of bright portal--
I can finally say
long ago; it gives me considerable pleasure. Beauty
the healer, the teacher--
death cannot harm me
more than you have harmed me,
my beloved life.
Here is one more tasty, bittersweet Gluck morsel: "in childhood, I thought/that pain meant/I was not loved./It meant I loved."
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