Linda Gregg Analysis

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(Poets and Poetry in America)

Linda Gregg is known primarily for her poetry, although she has written some essays on poetry. In “The Art of Finding” (American Poet, 2006), Gregg says that many poets focus their “concentration on the poem’s garments instead of its life blood.” She suggests that poets should focus on a poem’s subject rather than its form. She prefers looking for “luminosity” in poetry, a concept she explains as a poet looking inside the self for inspiration. Gregg relates that many of her inspirations originated from her childhood and her experiences in the natural world, with her memories igniting many of her verses.


(Poets and Poetry in America)

Linda Gregg has been recognized with numerous awards and honors, including numerous Pushcart Prizes (1981, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1991-1992), a Whiting Writers’ Award (1985), the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize (1999), the Sara Teasdale Award (2003), the PEN/Voelcker Award (2006), the Sister Mariella Gable Prize (2008), and the Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets and Writers (2009). For All of It Singing, she won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, the William Carlos Williams Award, and the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, all in 2009. In addition, she received a Guggenheim Fellowship (1983), a National Endowment for the Arts Grant (1993), and a Lannan Literary Fellowship (2003).


(Poets and Poetry in America)

Dooley, David “The Life of Literature.” Hudson Review 45, no. 4 (1993): 534-539. Compares Gregg’s works with those of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet David Tate, discussing similarities and how Gregg’s work can be considered better than that of Tate.

Earnshaw, Doris. Review of Things and Flesh. World Literature Today 74, no. 2 (Spring, 2000): 370-371. Discusses the flow and subject of Gregg’s poems, comparing them to her previous efforts and the works of other poets.

Irwin, Mark. “Three Notions of Truth in Poetry.” American Poetry Review 37, no. 4 (July/August, 2008): 47-50. Irwin examines the notion of truth in three poems: Gregg’s “Goethe Death Mask,” William Stafford’s “Traveling Through the Dark,” and John Ashbery’s “These Lacustrine Cities.”

Kevorkian, Karen. Review of In the Middle Distance. Virginia Quarterly Review 82/83 (Summer, 2006): 272. Looks at Gregg’s style and content, noting how the poet’s work has evolved while maintaining a distinctive style.

Mlinko, Angie. Reviews of All of It Singing, by Linda Gregg, and Sources, by Devin Johnston. Poetry 193, no. 2 (November, 2008): 162-170. Mlinko compares and contrasts Devin Johnston and Gregg. She calls Gregg a romantic visionary and says her work has a mysterious beauty.

Moldaw, Carol. Review of In the Middle Distance. Antioch Review 65, no. 2 (Spring, 2007): 397-398. Offers both praise and criticism of Gregg.