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Chosen by the Lion: Poems

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Chosen by the Lion is Linda Gregg's fourth collection, and her most eloquent, bespeaking a deeply personal reconciliation with the loss of love. Gregg is able to take common experience, to see it clearly, in all its mundane and ordinary complexity. But in her poetry, that experience is also explored in its affinity to the gods, to the ways of nature. The result is an exper ...more
Paperback, 62 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Graywolf Press (first published 1994)
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Feb 12, 2011 Carrie rated it liked it
Sometimes I think Gregg is a dramatic romantic...and then she'll write, "If you do this to me, if you/do this to me, if you take your love away, if you take,/if you go away, you will make my heart blind in me" and then I'll, she's just dramatic.
Nov 02, 2014 X. rated it did not like it
When Gregg's speaker learns Mandarin, it is like this:

from 'The Edge of Something':

"Afterwards, I practice my Chinese characters,/taking pleasure in feeling my mind yield/to what the symbols mean. This is /her/,/this is /him/ This one I think means /car/./Later, I eat tofu and rice with cold asparagus/in a sauce of sesame oil, soy and white vinegar/with a little sugar. . . ."

When Gregg's speaker meets actual Chinese people, it is like this:

From 'The Enormous Engine':

"Oriental women with their ch
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Apr 29, 2015 stephanie cassidy rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
what's common is that it just isn't
and we don't want it to be

and we, bereft of our losses
confirm them word after word

rain after rain
of memory that won't be buried
Sep 14, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
Gorgeous in ways only Gregg can make poems. Not much to say except that I love her work. There's a deep mythology here that's worth exploring.
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Linda Gregg is the author of six books of poetry: In the Middle Distance, Things and Flesh, Chosen by the Lion, The Sacraments of Desire, Alma,Too Bright to See and All of It Singing. Her honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Literary Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She won 2006 PEN/Voelcker Award winner for Poetry and has won a Whiting Award. S ...more
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