In the Middle Distance by Linda Gregg

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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.

About Linda Gregg

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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.
Published March 1, 2006 by Graywolf Press. 66 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Over the course of 59 blunt, terse lyrics, Gregg's speaker traverses Greece, New York and Texas, ruminating over abandonment ("Women have houses now, and children./ I live alone in a kind of luxury"), family ("mother mother mother/ money money money") and the persistence of a departed lover: "You...

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