Louise Gluck's collection is a work of ends and beginnings. Her poetry comes in white-hot sequences of passionate intensity. Vita Nova is a sequence of poems which dramatises the end of a relationship and the beginning of a new life. Vibrant, at times anguished, but never resigned, the voices in this collection are a reminder of both the pleasure and pain which accompany all our relationships. Gluck manages an act of perspective that brings into resolution the smallest human Hope and the vast forces that shape and thwart it.
„For her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal“ – Nobel Prize in Literature 2020
„Her writing's emotional and rhetorical intensity are beyond dispute. Not once in six books has she wavered from a formal seriousness, an unhurried sense of control and a starkness of expression that, like a scalpel, slices the mist dwelling between hope and pain.“ – Washington Post
„Characteristically sure-footed, Glück speaks to our time in a voice that is onstage, but heard from the wings.“ – Publishers Weekly