New Books from NER Writers: The Selvage

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.

Linda Gregerson Reading at Bread Loaf

Linda Gregerson reads at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

“The Selvage” was originally published in Poetry

The Selvage

“Her Argument for the Existence of God” was originally published in PN Review (UK).

Her Argument for the Existence of God

This reading took place August 11, 2010.

To listen to the entire reading, or to other readings and lectures from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, visit their iTunesU site.

Linda Gregerson’s books of poetry include Magnetic North (Houghton Mifflin, 2007); Waterborne (Houghton Mifflin, 2002), winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; The Woman Who Died in Her Sleep (1996), a finalist for both The Poet’s Prize and the Lenore Marshall Award; and Fire in the Conservatory (1982). She is also the author of literary criticism, including Negative Capability: Contemporary American Poetry (2001) and The Reformation of the Subject: Spenser, Milton, and the English Protestant Epic (1995).