Out in the Open: Poems

Margaret Gibson, Author Louisiana State University Press $16.95 (55p) ISBN 978-0-8071-1519-0
In her fourth collection, award-winning poet Gibson ( The Daybooks of Tina Modotti ) seeks ``small clarities, hard won'' in nature, whose ``fresh syllables'' serve as models for her own poetic language. Wishing to possess a ``beginner's mind'' able to perceive things afresh, and writing as one who feels ``properly alone'' in forest or meadow, Gibson lyrically explores a peaceable kingdom that reveals to her the ``singular solace / of being equivalent and simple.'' Among her subjects are the humble lemon (admirably ``sleek and visible'') and garlic, whose potency seems miraculous. Peppers render the poet ``plural, / polymorphous, perverse,'' extending her own being by their example. For Gibson, poetry, like nature, is purifying. Yet as a public record of private experience, her work communicates a longing for natural simplicity more convincingly than its fulfillment. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1989
Release date: 01/01/1989
Hardcover - 55 pages - 978-0-8071-1518-3
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