The Selvage (Hardcover)

By Linda Gregerson

Houghton Mifflin, 9780547750095, 88pp.

Publication Date: October 23, 2012



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.