Author's Forum Presents: The Selvage: A Conversation with Linda Gregerson and Daniel Herwitz


Jan
16
2013

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  • Speaker: Linda Gregerson and Daniel Herwitz
  • Host Department: Institute for the Humanities
  • Date: 01/16/2013
  • Time: 5:30PM - 7:00PM

  • Location: Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, 913 S. University, Library Gallery, #100

  • selvage-gregerson book cover
  • Description:

    U-M Professors Daniel Herwitz and  Linda Gregerson discuss Gregerson's magnificent new collection of poetry.

    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.