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Last Lake

Reginald Gibbons

Last Lake

Reginald Gibbons

96 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2016
Paper $18.00 ISBN: 9780226417455 Published October 2016
E-book $18.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226417592 Published October 2016

“The evening forgives the alleyway,” Reginald Gibbons writes in his tenth book of poems—but such startling simplicities are overwhelmed in us by the everyday and the epochal. Across the great range of Gibbons’s emblematic, vividly presented scenes, his language looks hard at and into experience and feeling. Words themselves have ideas, and have eyes—inwardly looking down through their own meanings, as the poet considers a lake in the Canadian north, a Chicago neighborhood, a horse caravan in Texas, a church choir, a bookshelf, or an archeological dig on the steppes near the Volga River. The last lake is the place of both awe and elegy.

Contents
Acknowledgments
ONE
A Neighborhood in Chicago
Memorial Day
Belief
Last Lake
Canasta
On Self and Soul
     1. The night’s a metonym
     2. A ploughman leans his everything
     3. (Bright Candlelight)
     4. The question isn’t whether we should be
     5. The plenitude of what is is the diet of the mind
     6. “Soul,” the word, is ancient (from Old English)
     7. Livingness itself, neither bad nor benign
Ritual
A Bookshelf
Divergence
A Veteran
TWO
Dark Honey
     1. In the rainy sub-
     2. I remember that
     3. Gods never were. And
     4. In seaside autumn
     5. Beside the railway
     6. The skull has evolved
     7. (I sense by its im-
     8. The cranium dome
     9. Poor old page-earth—sized
     10. Mandelshtam’s Greek bees
     11. Even on remote
     12. This craft of the ear’s
     13. Rivers of gasping
     14. (But . . .)
     15. It’s so wisely that
     16. To the futile sound
     17. (O. M.)
     18. Can’t keep up with fierce
     19. (PersephonÄ“)
     20. Against the paper-
     21. The memory of
     22. Well, good-bye! Wishing
     23. In dusk-lit ways, spell
     24. “For your sweet joy, take
     Note
Review Quotes
Booklist
“Gibbons brings a sharp, stereoscopic vision to the landscapes and situations he evokes as he is at once vitally attentive to the present and acutely aware of the weight of history. . . . These are supple, reflective, and striking works of conscience in which scholarship is matched by sensuousness, and gravitas is balanced by irreverence and wit.”
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