Jean Garrigue was an American poet (1914 - 1972) born in Evansville, Indiana and wrote as an expatriate from Europe in 1953, 1957, and 1962. She eventually settled in New England. The Ego and the Centaur (1947) was Garrigue’s first full-length publication. She was a professor at Queens College, and Smith College. 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." (1) Garrigue was also romantically involved with Josephine Herbst. [1]

(1) Upton, Lee. Jean Garrigue, A Poetics of Plentitude. London: Associated UP, 1991.


  • The Ego and the Centaur (1947)
  • The Double Praise that Simplifies the Heart
  • Book: Forest
  • For the Fountains and Fountaineer of Villa d’Este
  • A Water Walk by Villa d’Este (1959)
  • Country Without Maps

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