"Too Bright to See is one of the most important first books of poetry to have come out in the last 25 years. Alma, first published in its own volume two years later, has become its necessary companion."—Lucie Brock-Broido
About the Author
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Linda Gregg was the author of seven books of poetry: Too Bright to See, Alma, The Sacraments of Desire, Chosen by the Lion, Things and Flesh, In the Middle Distance, and All of It Singing: New and Selected Poems, which received the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, among others. Gregg received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She received the PEN/Voelcker Award in Poetry for achievement across her career. She died in 2019.
I have loved Linda Gregg’s poems since I first read them. They are original in the way that really matters: they speak clearly of their source. They are inseparable from the surprising, unrolling, eventful, pure current of their language, and they convey at once the pain of individual loss, a steady and utterly personal radiance.”—W.S. Merwin
“The blinding intensity of Ms. Gregg’s lines stains the reader’s psyche the way lightning or heartbreak do.”—Joseph Brodsky
“Too Bright to See was one of the most important first books of poetry to have come out in the last twenty-five years. Alma, first published in its own volume two years after, has become its necessary companion. Linda Gregg continues to be the builder of beautiful contraptions, poems built steadfastly by real life, bright and stark, truths told tranquil in unblinding light. It’s a fine thing to have these two books back in the world, the visible world, bound together, lucid and legible as they are.”—Lucie Brock-Broido