Writing with precision of language and imagery, clarity of sensation, and supreme poetic self-confidence, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Wild Iris skillfully interweaves events from the dissolution of a modern marriage with scenes from the Odyssey to create this remarkable collection of 46 poignant and combative poems.
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In an astonishing book-length sequence, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Louise Gluck interweaves the dissolution of a contemporary marriage with the story of The Odyssey. Here is Penelope stubbornly weaving, elevating the act of waiting into an act of will; here, too, is a worldly Circe, a divided Odysseus, and a shrewd adolescent Telemachus. Through these classical figures, Meadowlands explores such timeless themes as the endless negotiation of family life, the cruelty that intimacy enables, and the frustrating trivia of the everyday. Gluck discovers in contemporary life the same quandary that lies at the heart of The Odyssey: the unanswerable/affliction of the human heart: how to divide/the world's beauty into acceptable/and unacceptable loves.