By Louise Glück
A Village existence, Louise Glück's 11th number of poems, starts off within the topography of a village, a Mediterranean global of no sure second or place:
All the roads within the village unite on the fountain.
Avenue of Liberty, street of the Acacia Trees—
The fountain rises on the heart of the plaza;
on sunny days, rainbows within the piss of the cherub.
Around the fountain are concentric circles of figures, prepared through age and in levels of distance: fields, a river, and, just like the fountain's contrary, a mountain. Human time superimposed on geologic time, all taken in at a look, with none undue sensation of pace.
Glück has been referred to as a lyrical and dramatic poet; on account that Ararat, she has formed her austere intensities into book-length sequences. right here, for the 1st time, she speaks as "the kind of describing, supervising intelligence present in novels instead of poetry," as Langdon Hammer has written of her lengthy lines—expansive, fluent, and full—manifesting a peaceful omniscience. whereas Glück's demeanour is novelistic, she focuses no longer on motion yet on pauses and periods, moments of suspension (rather than suspense), in a dreamlike current stressful within which poetic hypothesis and mirrored image are attainable.
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The series includes fifty one poems, each one created from a random trend of one-, - and three-line stanzas, and without poem extending past a unmarried web page. right names abound, frequently first names and position names, and there are lots of references to envelopes, to glass, to pebbles, and to images. holiday and friendship are the superficial motifs of this autobiographical paintings, whose particular size conforms to the author's age on the time of composition.
The fifty one poems are each one imprinted on the recto of a web page whose verso is still white, developing the influence of an en face translation--with this distinction, that the English displays a clean unique, an empty web page. Given Mr. Hocquard's intentions, the presentation is an apt one. His afterword, "Grammatical Unrest," describes conception of Tables as a "continuation" of the author's translation of Michael Palmer's Baudelaire sequence into French. because the English model of the current poem has been rendered by way of this self-same Mr. Palmer, we would additionally infer that Palmer's idea of Tables is additionally a continuance of Baudelaire Series--his personal continuation. even though which may be, the connection among translation and unique, among unique and its resource of suggestion, is especially a lot at factor. Accuracy isn't the element; that's, the ebook itself, giving one textual content basically, in a single language, doesn't invite the reader to gauge discrepancy, to make comparability. comparability, discrepancy, accuracy--what i might name tabular reading--are topics of the series, yet no longer its aspect. To learn in a tabular model might suggest getting into the paintings, whereas Mr. Hocquard's goal--and possibly Mr. Palmer's also--is to maintain the reader at an admiring distance, with awareness eager about the outside. (The version is painting--looking at work in a museum. ) let's imagine even more in this topic, yet area doesn't allow. This, at least, is Mr. Hocquard's Theory.
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