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Louise Glück, Nobel Prize winner, described her work

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A grand gesture? No. Sometimes you’re already doing all you can — well, almost all you can. A bit like the verse lovers who called out the Save the Children campaign, but more properly “to the cup of hungry children.” “We thought it was so simple,” said Louise Glück. “If you can’t help your own children, the world owes them no mercy.” It was simply a good feeling to wake up to the news that she’d won the Nobel Prize in Literature. “I woke up to feel the warmth of thousands of smiling faces and very good wishes, but only one gentle voice spoke to me: ‘Good luck.’ ”

“The few times when this happened to me — from all over the world, friends, siblings, and family. It’s as if you wanted to hug someone. But it’s still cold in the morning,” she continued. “This is very hard work. But if you have to do it, like we do it in Germany, like it does in the United States, like it does in all cultures, then it’s the best work.”

“I have always wanted, when I started writing, to make poetry a way to cope with the world — get a clear, simple, convincing route to dealing with the big problems of our times. And now it seems like that route is already available. Just this year I have completed my first collection, ‘Erik the Red,’ and I have already been asked for it, by German, British, Turkish, American, Norwegian, French, Swedish. The good thing is, the other way is not much better.”

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