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Averno

Gluck, Louise
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (Penguin Classics)
Published: August 26, 2021
ISBN: 9780241526002
96 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom

£8.99

‘Brilliant poems of complex, haunting power… Averno may be Gluck’s masterpiece’ The New York Times Book ReviewAn acclaimed collection from the Nobel prize-winning poetThis startlingly original reworking of the Persephone myth takes us to the icy shores of Averno, the crater lake regarded by the ancient Romans as the entrance to the underworld. Here, the consolations of rebirth and renewal are eclipsed by the immediacy of loss – by a mother’s possessive grief, an abducted girl’s equivocal memories, a farmer’s lament for a lost harvest. This chorus offers neither comfort nor solace but deepened understanding, its sorrow textured by the poet’s luminous wit. Together, the poems of Averno swell to a staggeringly powerful lamentation, through which the reader glimpses the ecstasy of the inevitable, only to find it resisted by the insistent, impersonal presence of the Earth.

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