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By (Greek deity) Persephone; Glück, Louise

Averno is a small crater lake in southern Italy, seemed by means of the traditional Romans because the front to the underworld. That position offers its identify to Louise Glück's 10th assortment: in a panorama grew to become irretrievably to iciness, it's a gate or passageway that invitations site visitors among worlds whereas while resisting their reconciliation. Averno is a longer lamentation, its lengthy, stressed poems no much less spellbinding for being with no traditional resoltution or comfort, no much less ravishing for being savage, grief-stricken. What Averno offers isn't a map to some degree of arrival or departure, yet a diagram of the place we're, the harrowing, enduring present.

Averno is a 2006 nationwide publication Award Finalist for Poetry.

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Also: no one can see the harp. Then it said I can save you. Meaning this is a test. 18. Who is “you”? ” 19. Like a small bird sealed off from daylight: that was my childhood. 20. I was the man because I was taller. But I wasn’t tall— didn’t I ever look in a mirror? 21. Silence in the nursery, the consulting garden. Then: What does the harp suggest? 22. I know what you want— you want Orpheus, you want death. ” Then the music began, the lament of the soul watching the body vanish. II THE EVENING STAR Tonight, for the first time in many years, there appeared to me again a vision of the earth’s splendor: in the evening sky the first star seemed to increase in brilliance as the earth darkened until at last it could grow no darker.

Snow had fallen. I remember music from an open window. Come to me, said the world. This is not to say it spoke in exact sentences but that I perceived beauty in this manner. Sunrise. A film of moisture on each living thing. Pools of cold light formed in the gutters. I stood at the doorway, ridiculous as it now seems. What others found in art, I found in nature. What others found in human love, I found in nature. Very simple. But there was no voice there. Winter was over. In the thawed dirt, bits of green were showing.

Fabulous things, stars. When I was a child, I suffered from insomnia. Summer nights, my parents permitted me to sit by the lake; I took the dog for company. Did I say “suffered”? ” Darkness. Silence that annulled mortality. The tethered boats rising and falling. When the moon was full, I could sometimes read the girls’ names painted to the sides of the boats: Ruth Ann, Sweet Izzy, Peggy My Darling— They were going nowhere, those girls. There was nothing to be learned from them. I spread my jacket in the damp sand, the dog curled up beside me.

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