Publishers WeeklyLong admired as the editor of TriQuarterly, novelist and translator Reginald Gibbons (Sparrow: New and Selected Poems) returns with his seventh book of poems, It's Time. Gibbons offers impressive range and ambition in works "sometimes small but as/ Weighty as the world." Several risky poems of metaphysical and moral statement may please admirers of the late Robert Penn Warren. Other standouts include an appalled, compressed narrative "Poem Including History"; a prose-poem sequence on ancient birds and modern political protests; a fragmentary dramatic monologue, "Stop" ("Remember the time you hid under my bed and you said" constitutes one abandoned reverie); and a pleasingly retrograde, Yeatsian stanzaic poem about swans. Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal"I begin a walking tour of the broad fallen kingdom of thought:/ There, horses graze and gorse blazes,/ Money argues, dogs darken, bogs bark, warps woof." Gibbons writes poems full of meticulously detailed descriptions and heady thoughts and understandings poems that consider all manner of things: the migration of birds, the vast variety of hats, and, in a nearly 200-line work called "Poem Including History" that serves as the volume's centerpiece, Europe itself ("swords, gods, kings, and verbs"). What begs notice in these poems, though, is Gibbons's wonderful awareness of language. Instead of dragging out a thesaurus to find words that stun and arrest, he uncovers the real talk of Americans, the rich weave of common speech, and puts it together with a smart and knowing eye and ear: "There is a word for the/ color of the clear sky/ but none for the falling-away-/ upward depth of it/ that feels to spanning and/ speeding from us/ for us ever to have called/ into it in time." Too many of today's poets lose themselves in the story and forget the craft, ignoring Coleridge's maxim: "the right words in the right order." Gibbons forgets nothing, here reminding us that words can sing, evoke feelings, and fly smartly, amazingly, wonderfully. Highly recommended. Louis McKee, Painted Bride Arts Ctr., Philadelphia Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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