The Essential Robert Gibbs by Robert GibbsThe Essential Robert Gibbs by Robert Gibbs

The Essential Robert Gibbs

byRobert Gibbs

Paperback | April 1, 2012

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The precision, originality, and playfulness of Robert Gibbs' poems have captivated readers for over half a century. Mixing the cerebral and the heartfelt, Gibbs' poems investigate and celebrate family, history, and nature with decisive imagery, idiomatic immediacy, punning wordplay, and breadth of imagination.

Robert Gibbs' paternal great-grandfather was a Gibb from Kenneway, Scotland, who served in the navy and later settled in the Midlands of England; after the move, ``s'' was added to the family name. The poet Gibbs' maternal ancestry (Towers, MacQuarries and Hoars) stemmed from Scottish and Irish roots. When she was a young woman his mot...
Title:The Essential Robert GibbsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 8.7 × 5.53 × 0.3 inPublished:April 1, 2012Publisher:Porcupine's QuillLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:088984349X

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The Death of My FatherMy father died Christmas Eve inthe middle of the night andthe green breath of the big treein our frontroom mixed withthe dark smell of death upstairs.My mother called us in and said`I think he's gone, your father's gone', andseeing the slack black gapeof his mouth, I thought of the coldbluebodied turkey in the fridge downstairs.A praiseworthy man, on Sundays out to meetingwith praise of God in his eyes and nota pigeon missed with breadcrumbs nora dickybird in the gutter and nota tomcat passed with his ruffunruffled or his rough purr unpurred.A man simple enough, in love with sunsetsand butter-and-eggs by the railway trackswhere we took our Sunday walks aroundthe waterfronts and afterwards reformedbaptist hymns which his thick fingers pressedfrom the thick strings of his cello.I see you dad, on your high stool inyour shop, eyeglass wrenched into play andfine curly gold turning up and off fromyour keen engraver as you cut 'Love foralways and always' on the inside circusof a secondhand wedding ring.And how we hoarded the dust fromevery sweeping in a tall black can andshipped it away to the refiner to haveyour gold and silver letters, allyour days' cuttings from coffin platesand baby spoons, cradled outin his white secret fire andsent back, sent back.

Table of Contents


Five New Brunswick Poets (1962)

An Untimed Instant

The Road from Here (1968)

The Road from Here

Transmigrations in the Five Worlds

The Death of My Father

Earth Charms Heard So Early (1970)

All Such Movements

Skipping Round the Biosphere

`His Soil Is Man's Intelligence'

For a Sketch of Lovers by Bruno Bobak

`To Imitate Nature Involves the Verb'

Old Man Whelpley

A Dog in a Dream (1971)

I: I. `Clock ding a dong'

II: iii. `What to see inside'

II: iv. `It was no dream'

III: I. `To get out as you got in'

III: ii. `Paddy McGaughey played the bones'

IV: iii. `The frogs are singing now'

VII: v. `If I could split free'

VIII: I. `I will come down out of my tree house'

A Kind of Wakefulness (1973)

A Kind of Wakefulness

Depth of Field

`Not in the flower but effort toward the flower' (at the old Brewster place,Hammtown on the Washademoak)

Conservation Procedures

All This Night Long (1978)

A Summer Composition

Aubade for Bad Dreams

From Morning Songs: 20

All This Night Long

From Everyman Jack

From Verse Journal

The Tongue Still Dances: Poems New and Selected (1985)


Who Asked Me To Be A Reader of Entrails?

The Keeper's Keeper

Earth Aches (1991)

This Catching of Breath at the Top

Driving to Our Edge (2003)

Hale-Bopp Syndrome

A Post-Christmas Carol

Alden-and-Robbie's Day

From 1492/1992

The Irishness of Summer

About Robert Gibbs

A Bibliography