Averno

Averno Review

Averno is a small crater lake in southern Italy, regarded by the ancient Romans as the entrance to the underworld. That place gives its name to Louise Glück's tenth collection: in a landscape turned irretrievably to winter, it is a gate or passageway that invites traffic between worlds while at the same time resisting their reconciliation. Averno is an extended lamentation, its long, restless poems no less spellbinding for being without conventional resoltution or consolation, no less ravishing for being savage, grief-stricken. What Averno provides is not a map to a point of arrival or departure, but a diagram of where we are, the harrowing, enduring present.

Averno is a 2006 National Book Award Finalist for Poetry.

Title:Averno
Edition Language:English

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  • Nicola

    That Gluck voice. Keep trying to understand why it has such a vulnerable authority, like someone wielding a dagger then using it to offer you a piece of fruit. A voice poised between challenge and cow...

  • beau

    PrismLouise Gluck1.Who can say what the world is? The worldis in flux, thereforeunreadable, the winds shifting,the great plates invisibly shifting and changing-2.Dirt. Fragmentsof blistered rock. On w...

  • Bryant

    Averno is as bracing and clean and as perfect as the stark scherzos of winter evoked by Louise Glück. The poet explores, with moments of splintering incision, the myths of Persephone, the difficulty ...

  • Neal Adolph

    Let me begin. Let me say that I do not know poetry. I cannot separate the good from the bad with any real authority. What I do like and do admire is based entirely on impression and appreciation, surp...

  • Babble

    I preface this by saying I am a huge fan of Louise Gluck's poetry - she'd have to fall a long way for me to not consider her breathtaking, amazing, articulately intense - a creative flame. Averno is n...

  • Robert Beveridge

    Louise Gluck, Averno Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2006)I've never been entirely sure what to think of the work of Louise Gluck; Averno, however, has certainly tipped the balance into the “dislike” ...

  • Lis

    This was my first brush w/ Louise Glück's poetry, and it was really great. The topic of the abduction of Persephone has already been fodder for so many poems and other writings — enough that it ca...

  • Amelia

    I'm writing my senior thesis on this book. Yes, I like it a lot. (read 25+ times )done with my thesis- so this book is going far away for awhile. ...

  • Vanessa

    Love, love, love....

  • Dorotea

    Saying this is my favourite poetry book is no exaggeration...