An Orchard in the Street

An Orchard in the Street

by Reginald Gibbons


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This new collection by award-winning author Reginald Gibbons explores human experience and memory in ordinary settings—city apartments, rural roads, soap operas, and juvenile court—as way to understand the depths of thought and feeling in our everyday encounters. These narrative meditations explode with imagery, looking and listening deeply into our everyday experience—the extraordinary within the ordinary, the impossible within the possible.

Reginald Gibbons is the author of numerous collections of poetry and fiction. His book Creatures of a Day was a poetry finalist for the National Book Award. He lives in Evanston, IL, where he teaches at Northwestern University.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942683490
Publisher: BOA Editions, Ltd.
Publication date: 10/10/2017
Series: American Readers Series
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Reginald Gibbons is the author of 10 books of poems, the novel Sweetbitter, translations of ancient Greek and modern Spanish and Mexican poetry, and other works. His collection Creatures of a Day was a Finalist in Poetry for the National Book Award. He has won fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Center for Hellenic Studies; as well as a number of book awards, including the Anisfield-Wolf Award for Sweetbitter. Born and raised in Houston, TX, he studied at Princeton University, Stanford University, and in Spain, and taught at Princeton, Rutgers University, and Columbia University. He now lives in Evanston, IL, where he served as the editor of TriQuarterly Magazine for 16 years, and is a Frances Hooper Professor of Arts and Humanities at Northwestern University.

Table of Contents


About Men
Mekong Restaurant
Five Pears or Peaches
Bless This House
The Vanishing Point
No Matter What Has Happened This May
Julius Johnson, 1995
In the City
A Man in a Suit
You Know Who This Is
Preparations for Winter
Dying with Words
On Belmont
Just Imagine
Small Business
On Assignment
Hide and Seek
Dead Man’s Things
Slow Motion
Persephone at Home
Hollister Road
Winter Friday
A Dream of Bill
Change the Goddamn Thing
What Happened
A Singular Accomplishment
Three Persons on a Crow
The Oldest Man in North America
The Living
All-Out Effort

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From the Publisher

“Whether they deftly portray intimate moments of family life or the acute notations of a walker in the raw city, these brief pieces begin with the allure of a story. But what lingers with even greater force is the contemplative mind at work here, a mind which turns itself, by virtue of its pure attention, into a wise and generous heart. I read these pieces slowly, not because they are ‘difficult’ (they're too immediate for that), but just glad to let each one radiate.” —Patricia Hampl

“What I most admire about this book by Reginald Gibbons is how it demonstrates what is, for me, most truly innovative about the short prose form—that is, not merely the strategies of the form itself, but where these unpredictable pieces can take you. Through their lens, Gibbons has arrived at what seems an effortless emotional directness and a voice that is extraordinary for its intense intimacy.” —Stuart Dybek

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