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  • Brilliant [poems of] complex, haunting power... Averno may be Glück's masterpiece. Certainly it demonstrates that she is writing at the peak of her powers.

    Nicholas Christopher, New York Times Book Review
  • Few poets can shoulder the weight of the myth the way Glück does...The poems brilliantly display a poet's insight, a mother's warmth, and a mortal's empath. There is wry humour, too, and, amid much that is dark, there are fragments of hope.

    New Yorker
  • [An] intense and ambitious collection.

  • An important collection...Averno has the feeling of an urgent inner dialogue between the believer and the skeptic.

    Boston Review
  • An ageing soul's lyrical book of days ... The title poem will break your heart every time you read it but also affirm you in the toughest moments ... When Glück takes a broader look, the scope can be truly epical; when she looks inward you can sometimes hear your own voice. And her tenderness is breathtaking.

    Ilya Kaminsky, Library Journal

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