Meadowlands by Louise GluckMeadowlands by Louise Gluck

Meadowlands

byLouise Gluck

Paperback | May 1, 1997

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In an astonishing book-length sequence, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Louise Gluck interweaves the dissolution of a contemporary marriage with the story of The Odyssey. Here is Penelope stubbornly weaving, elevating the act of waiting into an act of will; here, too, is a worldly Circe, a divided Odysseus, and a shrewd adolescent Telemachus. Through these classical figures, Meadowlands explores such timeless themes as the endless negotiation of family life, the cruelty that intimacy enables, and the frustrating trivia of the everyday. Gluck discovers in contemporary life the same quandary that lies at the heart of The Odyssey: the "unanswerable/affliction of the human heart: how to divide/the world's beauty into acceptable/and unacceptable loves."

Louise Glück won the Pulitzer Prize for The Wild Iris in 1993. The author of eight books of poetry and one collection of essays, Proofs and Theories: Essays on Poetry, she has received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, the William Carlos Williams Award, and the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Nonfiction. She was named the...
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Title:MeadowlandsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.18 inPublished:May 1, 1997Publisher:HarperCollins

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ISBN - 10:0880015063

ISBN - 13:9780880015066

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Writing with precision of language and imagery, clarity of sensation, and supreme poetic self-confidence, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Wild Iris" skillfully interweaves events from the dissolution of a modern marriage with scenes from the "Odyssey" to create this remarkable collection of 46 poignant and combative poems

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"[Gluck's] most ambitious and compelling book. Meadowlands suggests that its much-honored author is not willing to take her own achievement for granted, and the result is a poetry more stringently dissatisfied and beautiful than ever before." (The Yale Review)