Today's Featured Poet

Louise Glück

Pulitzer-Prize-winner Louise Glück grew up on Long Island and attended Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University. Her poems are elegantly poised and spare, even though their themes—loss, disenfranchisement, death—are often dark. She returns again and again to myths and ancient...

Mother died last night,
Mother who never dies.

Winter was in the air,
many months away
but in the air nevertheless.

It was the tenth of May....

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