‘He takes himself away to a place more inward than is safe to go; from that awful silence and tightening, he returns to us poems of savage compassion…Gilbert is the rarest of beings: a necessary poet’ – James Dickey.
‘Poetry of constantly surprising beauty and directness. Jack Gilbert resides with the modernist giants of the early century because, among other reasons, he is not intimidated by them’ – Frank Lentricchia.
‘The rigor of Gilbert’s purpose is matched by the economy of his means…Serious and unflinching, Gilbert is the rare poet who manages to come at the Romantic most effectively from an unrelentingly classical base’ – Allen Hoey, American Poetry Review.
‘Gilbert’s inward journey has always been less about himself and more about understanding the universal human heart unpolluted by the distractions and temptations of modern life. He has given up convenience and ease to record the depth of a human life for the good of us all’ – Dan Albergotti, Borderlands.
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