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Averno

Author: Louise Glück; Poets Laureate Collection (Library of Congress)
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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 eleventh collection: in a landscape turned irretrievably to winter, it is the only source of heat and light, a gate or passageway that invites traffic between worlds while at the same time opposing their reconciliation. Averno is an extended lamentation, its  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Poetry genre
Named Person: Persephone, (Greek deity); Persephone, (Greek deity)
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Louise Glück; Poets Laureate Collection (Library of Congress)
ISBN: 9780374107420 0374107424
OCLC Number: 59712168
Description: viii, 79 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The night migrations --
October --
Persephone the wanderer --
Prism --
Crater Lake --
Echoes --
Fugue --
The evening star --
Landscape --
A myth of innocence --
Archaic fragment --
Blue rotunda --
A myth of devotion --
Averno --
Omens --
Telescope --
Thrush --
Persephone the wanderer.
Responsibility: Louise Glück.

Abstract:

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 eleventh collection: in a landscape turned irretrievably to winter, it is the only source of heat and light, a gate or passageway that invites traffic between worlds while at the same time opposing their reconciliation. Averno is an extended lamentation, its long, restless poems no less spellbinding for being without plot or hope, 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 presence. --Publisher.
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