Poetry Poetry Friday

[Poetry Friday] “These Things We Depend On, They Disappear”

"The Night Migrations" by Louise Glück.

Myra here.

Thank you to Soul Blossom Living for hosting this week.


Louise Glück: Poems 1962-2012 (Amazon | Book Depository)

Published by Farrar Straus and Giroux (2012)
ISBN: 0374126089 (ISBN13: 9780374126087) Literary Award: Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry (2012). Bought my own copy of the book. Book photo taken by me.

Just like everyone else in the literary community, I have been scouring through this collection of poems by Louise Gluck the minute I heard her unbelievably-candid, before-7-am-no-coffee-yet, almost-stream-of-consciousness Nobel Prize interview a few weeks back. I was so happy to see that I actually own this tome of a book, just begging to be cracked open. From her interview, I thought I better start with Averno, rather than her very first publication, so that I don’t feel “contempt” for her as she said.

The first poem in Averno already caught my eye, and this is what I would like to share with you all today: The Night Migrations.

Given how so many people have lost countless of friends and loved ones this 2020, I thought this was a good poem to share. I immediately connected to her voice and practically all the poems in this collection. Her voice is raw and biting, it sidesteps my expectations on the flow of her poetic narrative – always so refreshingly unexpected and piercing and beautiful. There is attention to beauty here and quiet spaces and the outer world that reminds me of Mary Oliver, but more angsty and grief-stricken. I hope to share more of her poetry with you in the coming weeks.

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

3 comments on “[Poetry Friday] “These Things We Depend On, They Disappear”

  1. Myra, thank you for sharing this! Louise Gluck poems often surprise me, and that is a very good thing! I have re-read this one several times already and still want to read it again… another very good thing. Thank you! xo

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  2. Mitchell Linda

    Beautiful. And, sad. I do not know this poet. I’m thrilled for her. I need to get to know her poems.

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  3. This is beautiful and sad. I’m not familiar with Louise Glück, but I’d like to read more of her poems. Having just lost my dad, this poem really resonates.

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