By Louise Glück
Averno is a small crater lake in southern , seemed via the traditional Romans because the front to the underworld. That position provides its identify to Louise Glück's 11th assortment: in a panorama grew to become irretrievably to iciness, it's the merely resource of warmth and light-weight, a gate or passageway that invitations site visitors among worlds whereas whilst opposing their reconciliation. Averno is a longer lamentation, its lengthy, stressed poems no much less spellbinding for being with out plot or wish, no much less ravishing for being savage, grief-stricken. What Averno presents isn't a map to some degree of arrival or departure, yet a diagram of the place we're, the harrowing, enduring presence.
Averno is a 2006 nationwide publication Award Finalist for Poetry.
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Adam and Eve knew such perfection once,
God's finger within the cloud, and at the ground
Nothing yet springtime, not anything else at all.
But in our fallen nation the place the blood hunts
For blood, and rises on the searching sound,
What will we comprehend of lasting because the fall?
Who has now not, within the oil and warmth of youth,
Thought of the flourishing of the almond tree,
The grasshopper, and the failing of desire,
And idea his tongue could pierce the secrecy
Of the six-pointed starlight, and can choir
A secret-voweled, unutterable truth?
--from "A Poem for Julia"
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Zarzamora, ^donde vas? A buscar amores que tu no me das. Blackberry Bush Blackberry, with the grey stem, give me a handful of berries to eat. Blood & thorns. Closer! If you love me, I'll love you. Leave on my tongue your fruit of green & shadow, blackberry . Just think of the long hug I'll give you with in the partial shadow of my thorns . Blackberry, where're you going? To look for the loves you don't give me. [Galan] Galan, galancillo. En tu casa queman tomillo. Ni que vayas, ni que vengas, con Have cierro la puerta.
You wouldn't take a turn around my block, into my street. Go ah ead! Leave it all up in the a ir! Lover, little lover. They burn thyme & clover at your house. Cancion de Jinete (1860) En la-luna negra de los bandoleros, cantan las espuelas. Caballito negro. I Donde llevas tu jinete muerto? . Las duras espuelas del bandido inmovil que perdio las riendas. Caballito frio. jQue perfume de fior de cuchillo! En la luna negra sangraba el costado de Sierra Morena. Caballito negro. I Donde llevas tu jinete muerto?
Mueren las siete doncellas. QPor que no han sido nueve? ) El rio las trae, nadie puede verlas. Song of the 7 Maidens (A Theory to Explain Rainbows) They sing 7 donzellas . (Across the sky an arc pattern for sunsets) A soul with 7 voices, the 7 donzellas . (In the white air 7 great birds) The 7 donzellas die (Why could they not be 9? Why could they not be 20? ) The river carries them No one can see them. Eco Ya se ha abierto la flor de la aurora. QRecuerdas el fondo de la tarde? El nardo de la luna derrama su olor frio.
Averno by Louise Glück