Averno: Poems [Louise Glück] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Averno is a small crater lake in southern Italy, regarded by the ancient. The poet Louise Glück journeys into the underworld of Greek myth to explore LAGO D’AVERNO (Avernus in Latin) is a volcanic crater lake. Averno is Louise Glück’s eleventh collection of poetry published in by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. It was a National Book Award Finalist for Poetry that year.

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Mar 24, Chaneli rated it really liked it Shelves: Mar 21, Abraham Hyatt rated it it was amazing Shelves: But maybe that is me, thinking her rather direct approach to handling her themes appears, at times careless.

There are some equally good ones in the second half, with Thrush being worthy of a reading or two.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. If you are looking for sweetness and light, Gluck is not the girl for you, but if you have a fondness for edges and vluck and things that make a heart ache, her poetry is a definite must!

There isn’t a bad poem in the book.

A man’s voice, then a woman’s voice. We are, each of us, the one who wakens first, who stirs first and sees, there in the first dawn, the stranger. Sep 01, Nicola rated it it was amazing.

You could take a few things with you like a dowry. Apr 27, Robert Beveridge rated it liked it Shelves: Louise Gluck is one of those names in American poetry that is said, mostly, with admiration. He Hades wants to say, I love you, nothing can hurt you but he thinks this is a lie, so he says in the end you’re dead, nothing can hurt you which seems to him a more promising beginning, more true.


In truth, Averno reminds us, a poet does not so much determine her themes as decide how to work through them.

What was repeated had weight. In the same way, the night was dark.

Microreview: Louise Glück, Averno

Fragments of blistered rock. At times it produces something truly beautiful; the sort of poems that one things deserves the National Book Award. Jan 21, Donald rated it it was amazing. By using this site, you agree to the Terms avrrno Use and Privacy Policy.

Averno by Louise Gluck Book Review – Minotaur’s Spotlight

A night louixe summer. Outside, sounds of a summer storm. Sep 10, Dorotea rated it it was amazing Shelves: This seems a subversion as well. Averno is a small crater lake in southern Italy, regarded by the ancient Romans as the entrance to the underworld. Make a tax-deductible donation today Donate Today!

Averno by Louise Glück

When you fall in love, my sister said, it’s like being struck by lightning. I was standing in my wool coat at a kind of bright portal— I can finally say long ago ; it gives me considerable pleasure. To ask other readers questions about Avernoplease sign up. kouise

This collection nearly received one of the major ones, but lost out to another poet. This disorientation feels somehow purposeful, as though we, like Persephone, despite Zeus’ promise to allow her to “forget” her passage, half-remember the place between extremes.


A poet of taut intensities, she walks a high-wire between the oracular and everyday, the absolute and the ephemeral, the monumental and the delicate. Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles. Oct 22, Amelia rated it it was amazing.

Refresh and try again. Louise Gluck is one of those names in American poetr Let me begin.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The way she universalizes the various messages taken from the original myth and corresponds them to her own life or the lives of others is really emotional and heartbreaking.

Nov 07, Gwen marked it as to-read Recommended to Gwen by: Jun 15, secondwomn rated it really liked aveeno Shelves: The self ended and the world began. Her poetry is written in such simple language, turning myth into questions a modern reader can relate to. Most were just avefno of space: But Gluck often undermines these dichotomies or, at least, subverts them: Defensible Space Jessie Kindig. And her style is everything I like.

Each part has five chapters.