Wild Iris – Louise Gluck
Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2020
Winner of The Pulitzer Prize for Poetry 1993
Helen Vendler wrote in The New Republic: ‚Louise Glück is a poet of strong and haunting presence. Her poems, published in a series of memorable books over the last twenty years, have achieved the unusual distinction of being neither ‚confessional’ nor ‚intellectual’ in the usual senses of those words, which are often thought to represent two camps in the life of poetry’.
What a strange book The Wild Iris is, appearing in this fin-de-siècle, written in the language of flowers. It is a lieder cycle, with all the mournful cadences of that form. It wagers everything on the poetic energy remaining in the old troubadour image of the spring, the Biblical lilies of the field, natural resurrection.