From the jacket copy of Linda Gregerson’s new book, The Selvage: “In eloquent poems about Ariadne, Theseus, and Dido, the death of a father, and 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 / arachnids exoskeleton. The kestrels 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.”
Linda Gregerson is a National Book Award finalist and Kingsley Tufts Award winner, and her work has appeared in NER since 1982 (4.4), and most recently in 2011 (31.4). You can hear her read from this new book in our Bread Loaf Audio Series.