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Wonder and woe

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, Linda Gregerson‘s 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.

The Author’s Forum is a collaboration between the U-M Institute for the Humanities, University Library, Great Lakes Literary Arts Center, & Ann Arbor Book Festival. Daniel Herwitz, director of the Institute for the Humanities, will moderate the discussion.

Additional sponsorship for this event provided by the MFA in Creative Writing Program and Department of English Language and Literature.

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