The Minor Art of Lying
Joining the rich literary history of prayerful and supplicative poetry, Louise Glück’s The Wild Iris pays homage to this tradition, while at the same time subverting it. In the critical introduction, I discuss how Glück incorporates the adhesive power of paradox as a means of connecting the entire collection, with its competing and often contradictory voices, together in a meaningful way. I argue that the end result is a beautifully complex collection of spiritually secular prayers. The second part of my thesis contains thirty-eight pages of my own poetry, which also explore issues of the divine, as well as lying, family, and loss.