The quote from Louise Gluck is on p. 85 of Dear Memory:
- At the heart of that work will be a question, a problem. And we will feel, as we read, a sense that the poet was not wed to any outcome. The poems themselves are like experiments, which the reader is freely invited to recreate in his own mind. Those poets who claustrophobically oversee or bully or dictate response prematurely advertise the deficiencies of the chosen particulars, as though without strenuous guidance the reader might not reach an intended conclusion.
Victoria Chang: “Louise Gluck talks about how writing is the act of learning to know.”
It is very interesting how Chang, in writing about grief, ends up writing about writing.