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Gluck, Louise. Meadowlands. New Jersey, The Ecco Press, 1996. 23.5cm x 16cm. (6) 60 (2) pages. Original Hardcover with original illustrated dustjacket in protective Mylar. Excellent condition with only minor signs of external wear. Signed by the author. Inludes postcard written by Gluck. In her first new book of poems since she won the Pulitzer Prize for 'The Wild Irish', Gluck brilliantly interweaves- in an astonishing book-length sequence- the dissolution of a contemporary marriage with the story of 'The Odyssey.' 'Meadowlands' is by turns tolerant, expansive, bracingly cmic and, finally, heartbreaking. Shifting between the mythic and the modern, Gluck teaches us to look at 'The Odyssey' in a new and unexpected manner. Here we find Penelope stubbornly weaving, transforming waiting into an act of will; here, too, a shrewd preternaturally knowing adolescent Telemachus, a divided Odysseus, a worldly Circe. A modern couple also occupies these poems, engaged in the endless negotiation of contemporary domestic realities rendered in an ongoing conversation, eternally unresolved, rich with the charged trivia of everyday life.

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