By Louise Glück
A Village lifestyles, Louise Glück's 11th number of poems, starts off within the topography of a village, a Mediterranean international of no certain second or place:
All the roads within the village unite on the fountain.
Avenue of Liberty, street of the Acacia Trees—
The fountain rises on the heart of the plaza;
on sunny days, rainbows within the piss of the cherub.
Around the fountain are concentric circles of figures, geared up by way of age and in levels of distance: fields, a river, and, just like the fountain's contrary, a mountain. Human time superimposed on geologic time, all taken in at a look, with none undue sensation of velocity.
Glück has been referred to as a lyrical and dramatic poet; because Ararat, she has formed her austere intensities into book-length sequences. the following, for the 1st time, she speaks as "the kind of describing, supervising intelligence present in novels instead of poetry," as Langdon Hammer has written of her lengthy lines—expansive, fluent, and full—manifesting a peaceful omniscience. whereas Glück's demeanour is novelistic, she focuses now not on motion yet on pauses and durations, moments of suspension (rather than suspense), in a dreamlike current annoying within which poetic hypothesis and mirrored image are attainable.
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So I prepare, am dosed in ether and will not cry what stays unsaid. I was brown with August, the clapping waves at my thighs and a storm riding into the cove. W e swam while the others beached and burst for their boarded huts, their hale cries shouting back to us and the hollow slam 16 of the dory against the float. Black arms of thunder strapped upon us; squalled out, we breathed in rain and stroked past the boat. W e thrashed for shore as if we were trapped in green and that suddenly inadequate stain of lightning belling around our skin.
I choose your only way, my small inheritor and hand you off, trembling the selves we lose. Go child, who is my sin and nothing more. WHAT'S THAT Before it came inside I had watched it from my kitchen window, watched it swell like a new balloon, watched it slump and then divide, like something I know I know — a broken pear or two halves of the moon, 25 or round white plates floating nowhere or fat hands waving in the summer air until they fold together like a fist or a knee. After that it came to my door.
Bees swarmed the air, letting a warm pollen slide from their wings and onto the grass. The fish flapped to a small pool and the rats untangled their hairs and humped over the vestibule of the cramped balloon. Trees sprang from lichen, the rock became a park, where, even at star-time, things brushed; even in the planet's new dark crotch, that air snag where snakes coupled and rats rubbed in disrepair, 14 it grew quick and noisy with a kind of wonder in the lonely air. 's from Earth hobbled slowly back to their empty balloon, crying alone for sense, for the troubling lack of something they ought to do, while countless fish slapped and the waters grew, green came taller and the happy rats sped through integrated forests, barking like dogs at the top of the sky.
A Village Life by Louise Glück