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Gluck Poetry Presentation

I have to talk about Gluck. Fascinating.

Lauren Steele

on 14 April 2010

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Transcript of Gluck Poetry Presentation

Louise Gluck
By: Lauren Steele Born on April 22, 1943
Hungarian Jewish decent
Anorexia Nervosa
Death of older sister (before Louise's birth)
Sent manuscripts to publishers as a teen
Attended Sarah Lawrence College
Later transfering to Columbia University
Mentor was Stanley Kunitz (major influence)
Early Years Her first poetry book: "Firstborn" published in 1968.
She has 14 books of Poetry published.
Gluck also has published a collection essays
Most recent collection is "A Village Life" in 2009
Career Married twice, but is currently divorced.
Has one son
Lives in Cambridge, MA
Member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters
Elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 1999.
In 2003, she was named as the new judge for the Yale Series of Younger Poets.
Gluck was appointed the US Poet Laureate from 2003-2004
Currently teaches at Yale University

Later Life National Book Critics Circle Award
Academy of American Poets Prize
Pulitzer Prize
1995 PEN/ Martha Albrank Award
Guggenheim Fellowships
Billington Prize for Poetry Awards A man and a woman lie on a white bed.
It is morning. I think
Soon they will waken.
On the bedside table is a vase
of lilies; sunlight
pools in their throats.
I watch him turn to her
as though to speak her name
but silently, deep in her mouth--
At the window ledge,
once, twice,
a bird calls.
And then she stirs; her body
fills with his breath.

I open my eyes; you are watching me.
Almost over this room
the sun is gliding.
Look at your face, you say,
holding your own close to me
to make a mirror.
How calm you are. And the burning wheel
passes gently over us.
Happiness A child draws the outline of a body.
She draws what she can, but it is white all through,
she cannot fill in what she knows is there.
Within the unsupported line, she knows
that life is missing; she has cut
one background from another. Like a child,
she turns to her mother.

And you draw the heart
against the emptiness she has created. Portrait In the empty field, in the morning,
the body waits to be claimed.
The spirit sits beside it, on a small rock--
nothing comes to give it form again.

Think of the body's loneliness.
At night pacing the sheared field,
its shadow buckled tightly around.
Such a long journey.

And already the remote, trembling lights of the village
not pausing for it as they scan the rows.
How far away they seem,
the wooden doors, the bread and milk
laid like weights on the table.
The Fear of Burial POETRY:

Firstborn, New American Library (New York, NY), 1968.
The House on Marshland, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 1975.
The Garden, Antaeus (New York, NY), 1976.
Descending Figure, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 1980.
The Triumph of Achilles, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 1985.
Ararat, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 1990.
The Wild Iris, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 1992.
The First Four Books of Poems, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 1995.
Meadowlands, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 1996.
Vita Nova, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 1999.
The Seven Ages, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 2001.
October (chapbook), Sarabande Books (Louisville, KY), 2004.
Averno, Farrar, Straus, Giroux (New York, NY), 2006.
A Village Life, Farrar, Straus, Giroux (New York, NY), 2009.

(Editor, with David Lehman) The Best American Poetry 1993, Collier (New York, NY), 1993.
Proofs and Theories: Essays on Poetry, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 1994.
The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress—Favorite Poets. Louise Glück (sound recording), includes interview by Grace Cabalieri, Library of Congress (Washington, DC), 1999. Other Works:
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