“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.
gathers new poems showing the earth is a place of marvels and, at times, tragic...read more.
Finalist, National Book Award in Poetry,1993...read more.
is the desert longing, or soul-clarity, a transparency that accepts no consolation...read more.
Winner of Melville Kane Award, 1986-1987...read more.
Margaret Gibson Poetry
Poems from NOT HEARING THE WOOD THRUSH have been published
in Yale Review, Southern Review, Shenandoah, Image, Georgia Review,
Gettysburg Review, Blackbird and others.
Lamont Selection for 1982...read more.
"Gibson's poems are less events than the meditative siftings of an unusually sensuous mind"...read more.
Finalist, Connecticut Book Award in Non-fiction...read more.
gives us poems grounded in reverence, inquiry and sensuous delight...read more.
Winner of the Connecticut Book Award in Poetry...read more.
"Autumn Grasses is inspired by the art of Japan and by the dynamic stillness...." read more.
takes Ezra Pound's stern counsel - "Learn of the green world what can be thy place." - to heart. With stunning clarity...read more.
brings breathtaking eloquence to what Margaret describes as "traveling the Way of Alzheimer's"...read more.