Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
In Vita Nova, Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Louise GlÃ¼ck manages the apparently impossible: a terrifying act of perspective that brings into resolution the smallest human hope and the vast forces that shape and thwart it
Since Ararat in 1990, Louise GlÃ¼ck has been exploring a form that is, according to the poet, Robert Hass, her invention. Vita Nova--like its immediate predecessors, a booklength 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 far-seeing.
Like late Yeats, Vita Nova dares large statement. By turns stern interlocutor and ardent novitiate, GlÃ¼ck compasses the essential human paradox. In Vita Nova, Louise GlÃ¼ck manages the apparently impossible: a terrifying act of perspective that brings into resolution the smallest human hope and the vast forces that thwart and shape it.