By (Greek deity) Persephone; Glück, Louise
Averno is a small crater lake in southern Italy, looked via the traditional Romans because the front to the underworld. That position provides its identify to Louise Glück's 10th assortment: in a panorama became irretrievably to wintry weather, it's a gate or passageway that invitations site visitors among worlds whereas whilst resisting their reconciliation. Averno is a longer lamentation, its lengthy, stressed poems no much less spellbinding for being with out traditional resoltution or comfort, no much less ravishing for being savage, grief-stricken. What Averno offers isn't really 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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Most sex induces. Longing, what is that? Desire, what is that? In the window, constellations of summer. Once, I could name them. 10. Abstracted shapes, patterns. The light of the mind. The cold, exacting fires of disinterestedness, curiously blocked by earth, coherent, glittering in air and water, the elaborate signs that said now plant, now harvest— I could name them, I had names for them: two different things. 11. 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.
Some days there was no wind. The clouds seemed to stay where they were, like a painting of the sea, more still than real. Some days the lake was a sheet of glass. Under the glass, the future made demure, inviting sounds: you had to tense yourself so as not to listen. Time passed; you got to see a piece of it. The years it took with it were years of winter; they would not be missed. Some days there were no clouds, as though the sources of the past had vanished. The world was bleached, like a negative; the light passed directly through it.
The light has changed; middle C is tuned darker now. And the songs of morning sound over-rehearsed. This is the light of autumn, not the light of spring. The light of autumn: you will not be spared. The songs have changed; the unspeakable has entered them. This is the light of autumn, not the light that says I am reborn. Not the spring dawn: I strained, I suffered, I was delivered. This is the present, an allegory of waste. So much has changed. And still, you are fortunate: the ideal burns in you like a fever.
Averno: Poems by (Greek deity) Persephone; Glück, Louise