As part of the 2019 Dear Poet project, students around the country and the world wrote letters to Linda Gregerson in response to a video of her reading her poem “Line Drive Caught by the Grace of God” aloud. Linda Gregerson wrote letters back to two of these students; their letters and her replies are included below, along with several additional responses from students.
Linda Gregerson also wrote a response to all of the participants of this year's Dear Poet project, which is included below:
Dear friends –
Thank you so much for your letters! You ask really great questions: I only wish I had time to answer each one of you in the detail you deserve.
Will you do me a great favor? Please thank your teachers for including a poetry section in your classes. I myself am deeply indebted to all the teachers who took the time to introduce me to poetry and to encourage my efforts to understand the aspects that confused me. However your own interests and professional choices evolve, I hope poetry will find a permanent place in your lives.
With true gratitude —