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Think of it: sixty years sitting in chairs. And now the mortal spirit
seeing so openly, so fearlessly—
To raise the veil.
To see what you’re saying goodbye to.
—from “Averno” by Louise Glück

Louise Glück has won the 2014 National Book Award for Poetry for her latest book, Faithful and Virtuous Night (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). Glück, 70, who served as U.S. Poet Laureate in 2003-2004, teaches at Yale University.

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New York Times critic Peter Campion wrote the following about her award-winning volume, which was published last September: “The high art and deep pleasure of “Faithful and Virtuous Night” derive from similar moments, moments of startling presence, when everyday facts turn magical, when disenchantment itself leads to renewed enchantment. It is a great good fortune to hold these poems in hand.”

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Poetry, Vol. 187, No. 4 (Jan., 2006), p. 284
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Poetry, No. 4, The Humor Issue (Jul. - Aug., 2005), pp. 290-291
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Poetry, Vol. 186, No. 2 (MAY 2005), pp. 142-150
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Poetry, Vol. 109, No. 6 (Mar., 1967), pp. 383-384
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Poetry, Vol. 108, No. 1 (Apr., 1966), p. 33
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