Vita Nova

Vita Nova

Since, 1990, Louise Glück 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, r Since, 1990, Louise Glück has been exploring a form that is, according to poet Robert Hass, her invention. Vita Nova --...

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Title:Vita Nova
Author:Louise Glück
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:Vita Nova
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:64 pages pages

Vita Nova Reviews

  • alyssa carver
    Feb 27, 2007
    having just reread all of my gluck collection, i understand now why this one is my least favorite of her volumes although it contains several of my favorite poems. partly, it is the language. there is much of her famous stiffness here, and lines that should feel profound are forced, be...
  • Jenna
    Oct 17, 2009
    This line hurt me: "You changed me, you should remember me." The poem "Unwritten Law," although nothing super-duper-fresh or astonishingly original, also struck a chord with me. Gluck is a master of colloquial language and the stream-of-consciousness mode. Her lines dance nimbly, ve...
  • Leanna
    Sep 02, 2009
    Different form/content from her other books that I've read--several poems use a question/answer format, and dreams and abstraction strike me as her new themes. Interesting epigram--"The master said you must write what you see / But what I see does not move me / The master answered C...
  • Jane
    Aug 02, 2007
    title poem from this collection is amaaaaazing ...
  • Nicola
    Aug 04, 2009
    On the hierarchy of her own work, I'd put this collection between "The Wild Iris" and "Seven Ages." Not quite her best, but not my least favorite either. Moments of utter brilliance. Moments that felt a little more stagey. Also, an unexpected humor in parts that felt wry after so much ...
  • W.B.
    Dec 15, 2007
    This is my favorite Gluck book of those I've read (not nearly all). I don't know what my favorite is among those I have not read yet. I love the fun she has with the lyric tradition. People so often misread her as this uber-sincere, confessional writer, when I think she actually skewer...
  • Hope
    Apr 28, 2008
    This was suggested to me when I asked for books and poetry about breakups that honored the former sweetheart as well as the process of getting over the end of a very good relationship. This books filled that bill, but not the way I really expected it to. The poems focused on the fi...
  • Anne
    Sep 15, 2012
    It?s interesting to read this post-MFA. Gluck is likely one of my biggest influences to study poetry. I read her in college and was absolutely hypnotized. I would have given anything to have written those poems. Now, ten years post grad school and five books later, I re-read it to se...
  • Adra Cole Benjamin
    Feb 19, 2008
    This is one book of poetry I will never, ever ever depart with. I love it so much! ...
  • Jude
    Dec 01, 2008
    the review says it best, so i'll clip it: These are poems of rebirth, but of a particular kind--not of hope, and certainly not of youth, but of something far more important: poetry itself. In "The Nest," as Glück emerges from her grief, she feels her mind once again engage with the...
  • Katie
    Sep 18, 2013
    I like rereading Gluck. ...
  • Donald
    Jan 09, 2018
    I've been reading books of poems as they were originally published, rather than in selected/collected works or anthologies. Really glad I did with this because these poems are meant to be read together and in order. It's been said a million times, but I'm amazed at what Glück can d...
  • Courtney Johnston
    Mar 31, 2012
    Surely spring has been returned to me, this time not as a lover but a messenger of death, yet it is still spring, it is meant tenderly. A slim little book that circles around death, and loss, particularly women loved and forsaken or lost: the voice of the poet herself (presumably)...
  • Margaryta
    Oct 03, 2017
    Gluck is probably my spiritual poetic mentor, of sorts. It is only in her work that I am able to feel both light and heavy, empowered and overwhelmed, all at once. And, given the over-saturation of mythology and Classics in poetry (at least it feels that way for me), she is the only po...
  • Daniel
    Jul 03, 2014
    Need to reread this before I make any decisions about how I feel about this. Obviously not as good as The Wild Iris, but still good. ...
  • Hadrian
    Aug 11, 2014
    "Life is very weird, no matter how it ends, / very filled with dreams. Never / will I forget your face, your frantic human eyes / swollen with tears. / I thought my life was over and my heart was broken. / Then I moved to Cambridge." When I first read Glück's poetry, I was i...
  • metaphor
    Jan 05, 2017
    My soul dried up. Like a soul cast into fire, but not completely, not to annihilation. Parched, it continued. Brittle, not from solitude but from mistrust, [?] how will you ever again believe the love of another being? * We are all human? we protect ourselves as well as...
  • Roberto
    May 24, 2019
    A poetry cycle about the end of a relationship, spring, Orpheus and Eurydice... You can feel the numbness and the sorrow, some great poems, I especially loved The Mystery. Not a huge fan of poetry that references ancient myth tbh, but am defo a fan of Glück. ...
  • Rebecca
    Mar 06, 2018
    My first collection from the prolific Pulitzer winner. Some of the poems are built around self-interrogation, with a question and answer format; several reflect on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. The first and last poems are both entitled ?Vita Nova,? while another in the middle ...
  • Kairi
    Oct 14, 2018
    "You saved me, you should remember me." ...
  • mwpm
    Apr 16, 2015
    In Vita Nova, Louise Glück returns to her most common themes: Love and Death... [...] Surely spring has been returned to me, this time not as a lover but a messenger of death, yet it is still spring, it is still meant tenderly. - Vita Nova I (pg. 2) Brutal to love, more bru...
  • Chaneli
    Oct 08, 2015
    louise gluck completely has my heart. i love this collection so much that i just want to carry it with me forever. ...
  • Francisca
    May 10, 2019
    it seems i cannot read a louise glück collection without having a notepad by my side ready to take notes. isn't that the right sign for you to realise you have found a new darling author? it must be commended how in both this collection and Averno, glück seems to give the clearest...
  • Konstantin
    May 23, 2017
    [rating = B-] Having heard of Louise Gluck from New Yorker review of her latest poetry collection, I decided that I needed to read her. I found this book to be in the postmodern genre, although it was not as vague as some other collections that I had read. Gluck's poems are about loss...
  • Hannah
    Sep 11, 2017
    Vita Nova is a book of aging, and a book of newness; the possibilities of new endeavors and generativity late in life, after loss, after brokenness. In the end, after winter, comes spring, once again, completely unexpected. ...
  • Lindsey
    Aug 19, 2017
    Bravo! again to this Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. ...
  • Mark
    May 27, 2017
    One line will stay with me. Does it have to happen in the world to be real? ...
  • eimn
    Aug 09, 2018
    A conversation to herself filled with rambling melancholy, grief, and bitterness. Invocations of Orpheus and colorless recollection of her dreams. I tried to find a single poem that I like, but I couldn't. Reading it felt like I would be swallowed by her own emotions, but at the sam...
  • Sarina
    May 25, 2017
    I really like how it makes you think twice about what your really reading. ...
  • Angela
    Aug 20, 2019
    Glück's reputation precedes her poetry. I'm pretty sure I became familiar with her name through reading The Best American Poetry series. Among her many achievements, she's a U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner. My expectations were high. Vita Nova is disappointing. The po...