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ZSH Literary
Linda Gregerson
Linda Gregerson

Linda Gregerson

Agent: Janet Silver

Linda Gregerson is the author of eight books of poetry, including Magnetic North, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and Prodigal: New and Selected Poems (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Among her many awards and honors are the Kingsley Tufts Award, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, Granta, and elsewhere. She is the Caroline Walker Bynum Distinguished Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

 by Linda Gregerson
Magnetic North
By Linda Gregerson | Mariner Books, 2008

Touching on subjects as diverse as a breakthrough discovery in cell biology and the films of Ingmar Bergman, the anatomy of a possum and the Nazi occupation of Poland, Gregerson seeks to distill "the shape of the question," the tenuous connection between knowing and suffering, between the brightness of the body and the shadows of the mind. "Choose any angle you like," she writes, "the world is split in two." Longtime readers of Gregerson's poetry will be fascinated by her departure from the supple tercets in which she has worked for nearly twenty years: Magnetic North is a bold anthology of formal experiments. It is also a heartening act of sustained attention from one of our most mindful American poets.