Alive Together: New and Selected Poems (Paperback)

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Since 1918, only 28 women have won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, one of them being Lisel Mueller, who fled Germany with her family in 1939. These are tidy and thoughtful love poems, exalting the everyday joys of what was once her persistent life. Mueller passed away on February 21, 2020.

— O'Connor, Clara

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In a collection that represents over thirty-five years of her writing life, this distinguished poet explores a wide range of subjects, which include her cultural and family history and reflect her fascination with music and the discoveries offered by language. In fact, her book is a testament to the miraculous power of language to interpret and transform our world. It is a testament that invites readers to share her vision of experiences we all have in common: sorrow, tenderness, desire, the revelations of art, and morality--"the hard, dry smack of death against the glass."

In the title piece Mueller brings a sense of enduring and unclouded wonder to a recognition of all those whose lives might have been our own. "Speaking of marvels," says the poem's speaker, "I am alive." Thus we, too--alive together--are marvels, and so are our children:

who--but for endless ifs--

might have missed out on being alive

together with marvels and follies

and longings and lies and wishes

and error and humor and mercy

and journeys and voices and faces

and colors and summers and mornings

and knowledge and tears and chance.

Imaginative, poignant, and wise--Alive Together is a marvelous book, an act of faith and courage in the face of life's enduring mystery.

About the Author


Winner of the 2002 Ruth Lilly Prize given by Poetry magazine and a founding member of the Poetry Center of Chicago, Lisel Mueller was the author of seven volumes of poems: Alive Together, winner of the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; The Need to Hold Still, awarded the 1981 National Book Award for Poetry; Waving from Shore, recipient of a 1990 Carl Sandburg Award; The Private Life, the 1975 Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets; and three other volumes.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780807121283
ISBN-10: 0807121282
Publisher: LSU Press
Publication Date: October 1st, 1996
Pages: 240
Language: English