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Poems 1962-2012 by Louise Gluck
Poems 1962-2012

Seann McCollum, January 1, 2013

It always seems strange to me when publishers bring out career-spanning collections while the author is still alive, but this tome is so massive that perhaps they figured that squeezing in whatever else she manages to write in the years to come would split the seams. Or maybe the idea was to get this in print while people are still buying physical books? Regardless of the logic, I'm grateful that this book exists, because it is extraordinarily beautiful, and a must-have for fans of contemporary poetry. I've noticed that many of the reviews of this volume criticize Gluck for being a one-trick pony, or for choosing emotion over intellect, for being overly confessional. I don't think those things are true, but even if they are, when you write so well that you can cram an enormous brick of a book with this many gorgeous, moving poems, I think you've earned the right to write about whatever the hell you want to.
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