Linda Gregerson, Poetry

Linda Gregerson is the author of five collections of poetry: Her second book, The Woman Who Died in Her Sleep, was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Prize and The Poets Prize; Waterborne won the 2003 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; Magnetic North was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award.  Her most recent book, The Selvage, was published in 2011, and a volume of New and Selected Poems is scheduled for release in 2015.
In addition to the awards cited above, Gregerson’s many honors include awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Poetry Society of America, and the Modern Poetry Association and grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Study, the National Humanities Center, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation. Gregerson’s essays on lyric poetry and Renaissance literature appear in leading journals and anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic and in Negative Capability: Contemporary American Poetry (University of Michigan Press, 2001).

Gregerson is the Caroline Walker Bynum Distinguished University Professor of English at the University of Michigan.

Workshop: Poetic “Yield”

When does it become a poem? What can you do when it floats on the surface and stalls? What's the difference between the almost-passable lookalike and the real, the un-fake-able, thing?  If we enter the poem to be changed, to discover connections or depths we could not have plotted beforehand, what place does that leave for craft and deliberation? How can we "plan" to be surprised? We will look together at a number of contemporary poems that, using contrasting methods and materials, successfully practice the art of discovery. We will experiment with varied compositional strategies that seek to maximize our own poetic “yield.” I think you’ll be surprised, not only at the sheer amount of new work you’ll generate in four short days, but at your own limberness in the multiple techniques of discovery-on-the-page.

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