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By Louise Glück

A Village lifestyles, Louise Glück's 11th choice of poems, starts within the topography of a village, a Mediterranean international of no sure second or place:

All the roads within the village unite on the fountain.

Avenue of Liberty, road of the Acacia Trees—

The fountain rises on the middle of the plaza;

on sunny days, rainbows within the piss of the cherub.

—from "tributaries"

Around the fountain are concentric circles of figures, equipped through 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; in view that Ararat, she has formed her austere intensities into book-length sequences. right here, for the 1st time, she speaks as "the form 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 periods, moments of suspension (rather than suspense), in a dreamlike current demanding within which poetic hypothesis and mirrored image are attainable.

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And what did I learn from my brother? To love cowboys & Classics Illustrated comic books. And, finally, to love only the stories & set pictures aside. Here, right here, is that same dusty metal bin, that same crumbling stack of colorful pages—though Annie Oakley & Buffalo Bill disappeared with the christening cups & the baby shoes when the old house was sold. Can you see that all of this is only so much evidence now of our never-letting-go? Half the buttons still trail old threads from their brass shanks & a few stubbornly clutch their cloth.

Then, a car loaded with his friends pulled up honking & he hopped in. There was no chance to linger & talk. Today I slipped into the bag between two shoes that book which begins with a father digging—even though my father was no farmer & planted ever only one myrtle late in his life & sat in the yard all that summer watching it grow as he died, a green tank of oxygen suspirating behind him. If the suitcase were any larger, no one could lift it. I’m going away for a long time, but it may not be forever.

Never allow them into your life. Last night at work, before I knew it—while I was busy selling a tee shirt, the one with the glow-in-the-dark skeleton in the electric chair, to Canadian tourists—an addict convinced me to keep an eye on his six-year-old son. Slurring something as simple as Don’t let him go nowhere, he turned & stepped into the congress of night-strollers on the boardwalk. Where did he go? the child wondered. After ten minutes, he asked, How long has he been gone? Soon, though, the father returned, stood in the doorway of the shop, called his son’s name once, & they vanished.

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