the vigil

Finalist, National Book Award in Poetry, more.

out in the open 

is the desert longing, or soul-clarity, a transparency that accepts no more.

memories of the future, The Daybooks of Tina Modotti

Winner of Melville Kane Award, more.

long walks in the afternoon

Lamont Selection for more.

One body

Winner of the Connecticut Book Award in more.

autumn grasses

"Autumn Grasses is inspired by the art of Japan and by the dynamic stillness...." read more.

second nature

takes Ezra Pound's stern counsel - "Learn of the green world what can be thy place." - to heart. With stunning more.

published work

broken cup

brings breathtaking eloquence to what Margaret describes as "traveling the Way of Alzheimer's" more.

Poems from NOT HEARING THE WOOD THRUSH have been published

in Yale Review, Southern Review, Shenandoah, Image, Georgia Review,

Gettysburg Review, Blackbird and others.

prodigal daughter

Finalist, Connecticut Book Award in more.

From the Reader's Report by Bruce Bond

“I look about and find whatever I see/unfinished.” Margaret Gibson writes in these powerful and moving poems, which investigate a late-life genesis. Not Hearing the Wood Thrush grapples with the existential questions that arise after experiencing a great personal loss. A number of poems meditate on loneliness and fear; others speak to “No one”—a name “richer than prayer or vow.” In this transformative new collection, Gibson moves inward, taking surprising, mercurial turns of the imagination, guided by an original and probative intelligence. With a clear eye and an open heart, Gibson writes, “How stark it is to be alive”—and also how glorious, how curious, how intimate.


icon and evidence

gives us poems grounded in reverence, inquiry and sensuous more.

to be published September 2018

earth elegy

gathers new poems showing the earth is a place of marvels and, at times, more.

poet ~ author ~ professor  


out of print (collector's item)

"Gibson's poems are less events than the meditative siftings of an unusually sensuous mind" more.