Linda Gregerson  





and criticism










The Selvage
The Selvage
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012

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   Magnetic North                                                               Waterborne
             Houghton Mifflin, 2007                                             Houghton Mifflin, 2002       


      The Woman Who Died in Her Sleep                                            Fire in the Conservatory         
  Houghton Mifflin, 1996                                                         Dragon Gate, 1982
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"In poem after after, Gregerson manages to pair narrative immediacy with intricate orchestration, creating a kind of writing that hustles us along even as it reaches back through complicated echoes of earlier moments in the poem.…It is, among other things a mark of her trust in her readers, a trust that includes her belief that she can seduce us without doing any harm."

—Jonathan Farmer, from "'A Ravising Mind': On the Pleasures of Linda Gregerson's Poems"

“Linda Gregerson is a distinguished voice in American poetry . . . Here is a poet of proven eloquence who consistently shapes the perfect vessel for her grieving and vigilant but capacious poetic perspective.”

—Carol Muske-Dukes

". . .of all the terrific American poets working today, Gregerson is best at complex, disabused acts of empathy. Probably no poet so smart (Gregerson is also a leading scholar of the English Renaissance) dares to take people and sadness so seriously."

—Dan Chiasson, from "Summer Books: What Slate is Reading this Summer"

For a more detailed look at Linda Gregerson's work, please visit The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline.

Listen to:

A 2002 poetry reading, primarily of Waterbourne, at the University of Arizona Poetry Center

"The Selvage" and "Her Argument for the Existence of God:" from a reading at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference

"Eyes Like Leeks," from Waterbourne.

"The Horses Run Back to Their Stalls," from Waterbourne.

"The Possibility of an Answer:" a Podcast with Linda Gregerson, Tom Pickard, and Vijay Seshadri discussing their poems in the December 2010 issue of Poetry.

Linda Gregerson, Paul Muldoon, and Robert Pinsky: Three Kingley Tufts Prize Judges Read from Their Own Poetry: a Podcast from the Los Angeles Public Library's "ALOUD Series".

"Narrow Flame," from Waterborne.

"The Day Breaking If Not the Full Sun Shining on the Progresse of the Gospel in New England," from Waterborne.

"For the Taking," from The Woman Who Died In Her Sleep, featured in a Poetry Foundation audio podcast with C. Dale Young.

"At the Window," from Magnetic North.