Louise GlÃÂ¼ck has long practiced poetry as a species of clairvoyance. She began as Cassandra, at a distance, in league with the immortal; to read her books sequentially is to chart the oracle's metamorphosis into unwilling vessel, reckless, mortal and crude. The Seven Ages is GlÃÂ¼ck's ninth book, her strangest and most bold. In it she stares down her own death, and, in so doing, forces endless superimpositions of the possible on the impossible -- an act that simultaneously defies and embraces the inevitable, and is, finally, mimetic. Over and over, at each wild leap or transformation, flames shoot up the reader's spine.
About: A new collection of poems by the Pulitzer and Bollingen Prize-winning author of The Wild Iris and Vita Nova stares mortality squarely in the face as she reflects on the vast mysteries of life and death.
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