Aver is a small crater lake in southern Italy, regarded by the ancient Romans as the entrance to the underworld. That place gives its name to Louise Gluck's tenth collection: in a landscape turned irretrievably to winter, it is a gate or passageway that invites traffic between worlds while at the same time resisting their reconciliation. Aver is an extended lamentation, its long, restless poems less spellbinding for being without conventional resoltution or consolation, less ravishing for being savage, grief-stricken. What Aver provides is t a map to a point of arrival or departure, but a diagram of where we are, the harrowing, enduring present. Aver is a 2006 National Book Award Finalist for Poetry.
Louise Gluck has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Bollingen Prize, and is the former Poet Laureate of the United States. She teaches at Yale University and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.