Linda Gregg
Hard Season

Already the spring lilacs are failing,

in pieces and chunks, the way rust

ruins metal everywhere.

It doesn't take much of that before

she begins not to care. Which makes her

want to rip the flawed flowers

maliciously from the bushes, seeing how

wind and butterflies and blossoming

can be confused with feeling.

Love lies on the mountain with calm

and counterweight. In the center,

with the presence, in the sunlight.

 
Found In Volume 28, No. 05
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Linda Gregg
About the Author

Linda Gregg has published several collections of poetry, including Too Bright to See (1981); Alma (1985); Things and Flesh (1999), finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award for Poetry; and All of It Singing: New and Selected Poems, a Los Angeles Times Favorite Book of 2008 and winner of the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Award. 

 

Gregg has taught at the University of Iowa, the University of California, Berkeley, and Princeton University. She lives in New York.