Swerving to Arrive at Truth: On Louise Glück as My Teacher, by Ani Gjika

Essay Detail from Glück’s letter to the author / Courtesy of the author In a tribute to her teacher being named the 2020 laureate of the Nobel Prize in Literature, a past protégée offers a glimpse into Glück’s renowned generosity in the classroom and beyond. At the beginning of September 2009, I arrived fifteen to twenty minutes early to my first poetry workshop class at Boston University. My professor was Louise Glück. I had loved her work since discovering it in the late 1990s, and she’d been the reason I applied to BU’s MFA program. That morning, Louise was the first person to enter the famous room 222 where Robert Lowell had once taught Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, and George Starbuck. When she introduced herself, she tucked her hair behind her ear, which caused her gold hoop earring to drop and roll toward my feet. I made to go pick it up, but she was faster. I remember wondering if there was a metaphor in all this: did her earring choose me? Of course, the world was revolving around me then and though I know that it meant nothing, I’ll let my younger self still hold on to that fantasy. In the year that followed, we met with Louise once a week either in class or at her house in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Sometimes she’d invite all of us in, sometimes we got to meet her individually to talk about our poems. White walls and white furniture blended in with the light from the windows. Her home was luminous and had a... Continue reading at 'World Literature Today'

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