In the Middle Distance

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Graywolf Press, Feb 21, 2006 - Poetry - 80 pages
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A new and resplendent collection by Linda Gregg, whose poems “have the elegance of Greek statuary and the good-humored poise of haiku” (Poetry)
I finally fell in love with all of it:
dirt, silence, rock and far views.
It’s strange that my heart is as full
now as my desire was then.
—from “Arriving Again and Again Without Noticing” In one poem in this emotional and spiritual collection, Linda Gregg asks, “It is clear why love / took me to the shore of death, / but why did it bring me back?” In the Middle Distance, Gregg’s sixth book, explores up to and beyond the crossroads of devastation and desire. There, she finds not only survival but also
salvation—hard-won, resilient, and meaningful.
This collection brings Gregg’s passion and intensity together with a new wisdom and vitality that is unmistakably original.

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User Review  - Kristy - Goodreads

I like her poems because they're of a good length (not a fan of epic poems), a little harsh, totally sidestepping pretension. Read full review

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User Review  - martha - Goodreads

So. I started reading this and I thought, wow, these poems really really remind me of Jack Gilbert's, so I googled Linda Gregg's name alongside his, to see if anyone else had noticed the same thing ... Read full review

Contents

The Lightning
3
Enter with Caution
16
Guilty I
29
According to the Hour
34
Bamboo and a Bird
40
Not Knowing the Rules
46
The Singers Change the Music Goes On
52
Backroads
58
Watching the Last Boat
64
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About the author (2006)

Linda Gregg is the author of five previous poetry collections, including Things and Flesh and Too Bright to See & Alma. She lives in New York and teaches at Princeton University.

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