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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"If I go back into memory it's not/ because I like it, but because/ that's where the hard things are." In her sixth collection, Gregg goes again to that difficult place, those places, and we readers ... Read full review


The Lightning
Enter with Caution
Guilty I
According to the Hour
Bamboo and a Bird
Not Knowing the Rules
The Singers Change the Music Goes On
Watching the Last Boat

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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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