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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-26-08 09:47 AM
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The RetroLounge Daily Poem Thread (Mon 5/26/2008)
Mock Orange

It is not the moon, I tell you.
It is these flowers
lighting the yard.

I hate them.
I hate them as I hate sex,
the man's mouth
sealing my mouth, the man's
paralyzing body--

and the cry that always escapes,
the low, humiliating
premise of union--

In my mind tonight
I hear the question and pursuing answer
fused in one sound
that mounts and mounts and then
is split into the old selves,
the tired antagonisms. Do you see?
We were made fools of.
And the scent of mock orange
drifts through the window.

How can I rest?
How can I be content
while there is still
that odor in the world?

Louise Glck

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Louise Elisabeth Glck (pronounced Glick) was born April 22, 1943 in New York City and grew up on Long Island.

Glck graduated in 1961 from Hewlett High School, in Hewlett, NY. She attended Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York, and Columbia University, New York City. Glck won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1993 for her collection The Wild Iris. Glck is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award (Triumph of Achilles), the Academy of American Poets Prize (Firstborn), as well as numerous Guggenheim fellowships.

She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts and was previously a Senior Lecturer in English at Williams College in Williamstown, MA.


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:hi:

RL
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Lyric Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-26-08 09:53 AM
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1. Beautiful.
Heartbreaking, too--as always. The last stanza is so raw...

:hug:
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-26-08 01:20 PM
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4. Thanks for the poem suggestion...
:hug:

RL
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lizziegrace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-26-08 10:36 AM
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2. ...
"one sound
that mounts and mounts and then
is split into the old selves,
the tired antagonisms."

:(




:hug:
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-26-08 08:48 PM
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5. ...
:hug:

RL
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-26-08 12:11 PM
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3. My dear Retro...
Well now, there's one unhappy woman...

This is stunning!

And very sad...

Thank you

:hi:
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-26-08 08:55 PM
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6. ...
It is not the moon, I tell you.
It is these flowers
lighting the yard.
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-26-08 08:57 PM
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7. Oooh, mind-meld. I've almost posted this three times. nt
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