- By Linda Gregerson

Magnetic North

  • Title: Magnetic North
  • Author: Linda Gregerson
  • ISBN: 9780618718702
  • Page: 429
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Magnetic North The New Yorker has written Gregerson s rich aesthetic allows her best poems to resonate metaphysically In this new volume Linda Gregerson makes clearer than ever her passionate premise that the meta

    The New Yorker has written, Gregerson s rich aesthetic allows her best poems to resonate metaphysically In this new volume, Linda Gregerson makes clearer than ever her passionate premise that the metaphysical only and always derives from our profound embeddedness in physical reality.From subjects as diverse as the Nazi occupation of Poland and a breakthrough discovery iThe New Yorker has written, Gregerson s rich aesthetic allows her best poems to resonate metaphysically In this new volume, Linda Gregerson makes clearer than ever her passionate premise that the metaphysical only and always derives from our profound embeddedness in physical reality.From subjects as diverse as the Nazi occupation of Poland and a breakthrough discovery in cell biology, 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 One poem, Bicameral, moves from a child s cleft palate to a gunshot wound to the hanging skeins of a fabric in a postwar art exhibit In the wool cut from the sheep to make the materials of art, she finds a tangled record of violence and repair The body it becomes will ever bind it to the human and a trail of woe Longtime readers of Gregerson s poetry will be facinated 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 poets.

    1 thought on “Magnetic North

    1. “[A]s leaves / preserve the tree by learning / to relinquish it;” for me, these were the most striking lines of the book. It’s been a while since a poet has given me such pause, and I mean that as a complement. But, in this book overall, apprehending Linda Gregerson’s meaning or bent was often a true challenge, and I had to work myself up to the pursuit

    2. Linda Gregerson, Magnetic North (Houghton Mifflin, 2007)I spent the first part of this book wondering what all the fuss was about, honestly; it's good, solid work, but there wasn't really anything that stood out, that really caused me to prick up my ears and take notice. Then, however, came the last section of the book. And when Magnetic North sings, it really takes off. “You would/swear she hadn't a thought in her head/except for her buttermilk waffle and//its just proportion of jam. But whil [...]

    3. I will be meeting the poet on Thursday, and am very curious to ask her a few questions. I feel some of these poems are good, but I have the unshakable sensation that I am not quite 'getting it' whatever 'it' is.

    4. As a person out of the north, I appreciate how Gregerson conveys a sense of winter beyond its season, its cold and silence palpable even in a narrative that suggests a preponderance of heat and noise as in "The Burning of Madrid as Seen from the Terrace of my House." "Spring Snow" exemplifies her ability to morph disparate narratives, one into the other. Here the melting of snow cover becomes the flensing of a skin off an animal. Gregerson is like "the weaver" in "Bicameral" and this book, "her [...]

    5. There were strong points and weak points to this book. I liked it but didn't love it. Didn't hate it, either. Not a whole lot stuck with me, admittedly.

    6. I really admire Gregerson for breaking away from her tercets, but some of the poems here are hermetically sealed--I couldn't find a door.

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