Eliza Griswold

Eliza Grizwold is the author of Wideawake Field, a collection of poems, and The New York Times best seller The Tenth Parallel.

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Language of Truth

On reading Gjertrud Schnackenberg

(Mike Minehan)
I first heard Gjertrud Schnackenberg's particular name uttered aloud in the one-room office of The Paris Review . During the late 1990s, I worked as an associate editor at the literary magazine and as assistant to its co-founder, the late George Plimpton. On most days, "work" was a generous term for what we did. We stumbled to the office after 10 in the morning and left before the evening's first party began. If there was tennis to play (however poorly), we closed shop even earlier. Despite this atmosphere of youth and mirth, there were a small handful of things about which the editorial staff was deadly serious. Language, the rigor and talent to wield it, was tantamount. Only a short list of living artists merited highest praise. Among fiction writers, this meant David Foster Wallace. Among poets, none was more respected than Gjertrud Schnackenberg. As a young poet, I picked up her third book, A Gilded Lapse of Time , opened it, and read: When love was driven back upon itself, When a...