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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Read of the Week: Averno by Louise Glück – The Reader Blog

November 16, Category: I was standing in my wool coat at a kind of bright portal— I can finally say long ago ; it gives me considerable pleasure.

That is, the room was quiet, but the lovers were breathing. There was nothing to be learned from them. Return to Book Page. If you like what you read here, help us keep it free for everyone by making a donation.

Instead we get brilliant insights like “The bland misery of the world” In sum: I’m so glad I read this. Averno is the lake west of Naples that, according to the Romans, was the entrance to the Underworld. Then you were taken care of, your story was finished. To ask other readers questions about Avernoplease sign up. Take that as you may.


This collection is stunning, deep, mesmerizing, sad, and addicting. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Then the sky clearing.

A voice poised between challenge and cowering, distance and closeness, indifference and intimacy. Averno; again, elegant, emotive writing that frequently looks sparse upon the page and yet is dense with meaning, possibility, passion!

Microreview: Louise Glück, Averno

We are, each of us, the one who wakens first, who stirs first and sees, there in the first dawn, the stranger. When she is good, she is very, fluck good; when she is bad, however, you get stuff like this: For best printing results try turning on any options your web browser’s print dialog makes available for printing backgrounds and background graphics.

Being struck was like being vaccinated; the rest of your life you were immune, you were warm and dry. She married my father 6.

There are places like this everywhere, places you enter as a young girl, from which you never return. The poet explores, with moments of splintering incision, the myths of Persephone, the difficulty of reconciling the dying body luise an earth that itself seems at once death-bound headed for winter yet renewable headed for summerand the strange regions that the soul fitfully inhabits in a world devoid of comfort or faith “weren’t we necessary to the earth”?


Climate Gut Check Louuise Vettese. This man and I, we are suspended in the strange calm sex often induces.

This is what I hate lkuise poetry. I have read that other book, but having read this collection I can only suggest that the decision to award somebody else was the right decision.

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Read of the Week: Averno by Louise Glück

Mar 21, Abraham Hyatt rated it it was amazing Shelves: Aug 30, Christina Olivares rated it it was amazing Shelves: The collection is divided into two parts. At times it produces something truly beautiful; the sort of poems that one things deserves guck National Book Award.

This collection nearly received one of the major ones, but lost out to another poet. And her style is everything I like. I’m in a bed. She was speaking hopefully, to draw the attention of the lightning.

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