Jean Garrigue

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Jean Garrigue (December 8, 1914, Evansville, Indiana – December 27, 1972, Boston, Massachusetts),[1] was an American poet who wrote as an expatriate while in Europe in 1953, 1957, and 1962. She eventually settled in Greenwich Village. The Ego and the Centaur (1947) was Garrigue’s first full-length publication. She was a professor at Queens College, Smith College and several other colleges and universities. She was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in 1960–61, and nominated for a National Book Award for Country Without Maps. The critic and poet Stanley Kunitz, called Garrigue "a wildly gifted poet…whose art took the road of excess that leads to the palace of wisdom."[2] Garrigue was also romantically involved with Delmore Schwartz, Alfred Kazin, Stanley Kunitz, and Larry Rivers.[citation needed] She became a long time partner to writer Josephine Herbst.[3]


  • Thirty-six Poems and a Few Songs in Five Young American Poets (1944)
  • The Ego and the Centaur (1947)
  • The Monument Rose (1953)
  • A Water Walk by Villa d’Este (1959)
  • Country Without Maps (1964)
  • Marianne Moore (1965)
  • The Animal Hotel (1966, by Eakins Press)
  • New and Selected Poems (1967)
  • Chartres & Prose Poems (1970)
  • Studies for an actress and other poems (1973)
  • Selected Poems (1992)


  1. ^ "Jean Garrigue". Bucks County Artists. James A. Michener Art Museum. Retrieved September 15, 2012. 
  2. ^ Upton, Lee. Jean Garrigue, A Poetics of Plentitude. London: Associated University Press, 1991
  3. ^ "Josephine Herbst". Bucks County Artists. James A. Michener Art Museum. Retrieved September 15, 2012.