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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 Gluck'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."Averno" is a 2006 National Book Award Finalist for Poetry."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780374530747
ISBN-10: 0374530742
Format: Paperback / softback
(203mm x 137mm x 10mm)
Pages: 79
Imprint: Farrar Straus Giroux
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Publish Date: 6-Feb-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Louise Gluck

Louise Gluck has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Bollingen Prize, and is the former Poet Laureate of the United States. She teaches at Yale University and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts."

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