Louise Gluck

Averno is a small crater lake in southern Italy, regarded by the ancient Romans as the entrance to the underworld. That place gives its name to Louise Glück’s tenth collection: in a landscape turned irretrievably to winter, it is a gate or passageway that invites traffic between worlds while at the same time resisting their reconciliation. Averno is an extended lamentation, its long, restless poems no less spellbinding for being without conventional resoltution or consolation, no less ravishing for being savage, grief-stricken. What Averno provides is not a map to a point of arrival or departure, but a diagram of where we are, the harrowing, enduring present.

Title Averno
Subtitle Poems
Author Louise Gluck
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Title First Published 06 February 2007
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 96 p.
ISBN-10 0374530742
ISBN-13 9780374530747
Publication Date 06 February 2007
Main content page count 96
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $13.00

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