Poems arranged in a book-length sequence explore the deaths and beginnings of spring in an attempt to resolve an essential human paradox, in a collection by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Wild Iris. Winner of the New Yorker Readers Award. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
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: Since, 1990, Louise GlÃ¼ck has been exploring a form that is, according to poet Robert Hass, her invention. Vita Nova
-- like its immediate predecessors, a book-length sequence -- combines the ecstatic utterance of The Wild Iris
with the worldly dramas elaborated in Meadowlands. Vita Nova
is a book that exists in the long moment of spring, a book of deaths and beginnings, resignation and hope, brutal, luminous, and farseeing. Like late Yeats, Vita Nova
dares large statement. By turns stern interlocutor and ardent novitiate, GlÃ¼ck compasses the essential human paradox, a terrifying act of perspective that brings into resolution the smallest human hope and the vast forces that shape and thwart it.