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The selvage : poems

Author: Linda Gregerson
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A magnificent new collection from National Book Award finalist and Kingsley Tufts Award winner Linda Gregerson In eloquent poems about Ariadne, Theseus, and Dido, the death of a father, a bombing raid in Lebanon, and in a magnificent series detailing Masaccio's Brancacci frescoes, The Selvage deftly traces the "line between" the "wonder and woe" of human experience. Keenly attuned to the precariousness of our  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Linda Gregerson
ISBN: 9780547750095 0547750099
OCLC Number: 772100986
Description: vi, 88 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The selvage --
Pajama quotient --
Slight tremor --
Consitutional --
Slater's measure --
Catch --
Lately I've taken to --
Getting and spending --
Ariadne in triumph --
Theseus forgetting --
Dido refuses to speak --
From the life of Saint Peter --
Her argument for the existence of God --
Blink --
Ovid in exile --
Varenna --
" ... More instructive than a long trip to Europe" --
Still life.
Responsibility: Linda Gregerson.

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A magnificent new collection from National Book Award finalist and Kingsley Tufts Award winner Linda Gregerson In eloquent poems about Ariadne, Theseus, and Dido, the death of a father, a bombing raid in Lebanon, and in a magnificent series detailing Masaccio's Brancacci frescoes, The Selvage deftly traces the "line between" the "wonder and woe" of human experience. Keenly attuned to the precariousness of our existence in a fractured world--of "how little the world will spare us"--Gregerson explores the cruelty of human and political violence, such as the recent island massacre in Norway and "the current nightmare" of war and terrorism. And yet, running as a "counterpoint" to violence and cruelty is "The reigning brilliance / of the genome and / the risen moon ...," "The / arachnid's exoskeleton. The kestrel's eye." The Selvage is the boldest evidence yet that Linda Gregerson's unique combination of dramatic lyricism and fierce intelligence transcends current fashions to claim an enduring place in American poetry.

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