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- DescriptionEarth Elegy gathers new poems as well as work from Margaret Gibson's previous books and proves her a poet for whom the earth is a place of marvels and, at times, tragic splendor. Whether rendering the sun-splashed markets of Mexico, an evening of joyful community in Soviet Georgia, or the mountains and fields of solitary walks, these brilliantly crafted meditations explore the dynamics of radiance and grief as they manifest themselves in our lives.In these poems, Gibson evokes the talismanic energy of things with a palette of sensual colors and textures reminiscent of the paintings of Georgia O'Keefe, as in her rendering of a sycamore, each limb rippled like hair/unwound from a braid .In the most fundamental sense, her work is both political and spiritual: in its compassion, in its desire to kw harvest from theft , and in its deep belief in human dignity. Her poems are profoundly contemplative, seeking within this world the persistent fire/flung from the wordless Source .Earth Elegy traces the workings of a sensibility that focuses emotional intensity like light through a magnifying glass and brings its subjects alive in blazes of almost unbearable clarity.
- Author BiographyMargaret Gibson is the author of five other books of poetry: The Vigil: A Poem in Four Voices, a finalist for the National Book Award; Out in the Open; Memories of the Future: The Daybooks of Tina Modotti, co-winner of the Melville Cane Award of the Poetry Society of America; Long Walks in the Afternoon, a Lamont Selection; and Signs. She lives in Preston, Connecticut, and Bradford, Pennsylvania.
- Author(s)Margaret Gibson
- PublisherLouisiana State University Press
- Date of Publication01/04/1997
- SubjectPoetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
- Place of PublicationBaton Rouge
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintLouisiana State University Press
- Weight322 g
- Width139 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
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