Louise Glück: Colm Tóibín on a brave and truthful Nobel winner
Her brilliantly controlled poems offer a picture of the world as a struggle between ordeal and wonder
Fri 9 Oct 2020 06.00 BST
n Stanford in 2008, the Irish poet Eavan Boland told me how much she admired the work of Louise Glück. She took down some volumes of her poetry from the shelf in her office and gave them to me.
I sleep so you will be alive,
it is that simple.
The dreams themselves are nothing.
They are the sickness you control,