Louise Glück


Griffin Poetry Prize 2010
International Shortlist

Book: A Village Life

Poet: Louise Glück

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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Louise Glück reads Crossroads

Crossroads, by Louise Glück


My body, now that we will not be traveling together much longer
I begin to feel a new tenderness toward you, very raw and unfamiliar,
like what I remember of love when I was young –

love that was so often foolish in its objectives
but never in its choices, its intensities
Too much demanded in advance, too much that could not be promised –

My soul has been so fearful, so violent;
forgive its brutality.
As though it were that soul, my hand moves over you cautiously,

not wishing to give offense
but eager, finally, to achieve expression as substance:

it is not the earth I will miss,
it is you I will miss.

From A Village Life, by Louise Glück
Copyright © 2009 by Louise Glück

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