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Guilty Knowledge, Guilty PleasureThe Dirty Art of Poetry$
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William Logan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231166867

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231166867.001.0001

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The Village of Louise Glück

The Village of Louise Glück

(p.203) The Village of Louise Glück
Guilty Knowledge, Guilty Pleasure

William Logan

Columbia University Press

This chapter reviews Louise Glück's A Village Life. Glück uses the village as a convenient lens to examine the lives within, which counterpoint the memories of her life without. A Village Life is a subversive departure for a poet used to meaning more than she can say. All these years that Glück has been writing her stark, emaciated verse, there has been an inner short-story writer itching to break out. The lines are long, the poems sputtering on, sometimes for pages, until they finally run out of gas. Nonetheless, there is a faith in speech, as well as a generosity of instinct, apparent in these laggardly lines, though the reader may be forgiven for thinking that some charities are impositions.

Keywords:   poets, poetry, Louise Glückm, A Village Life, reviews

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