This was a re-read for me. I first read Dobby Gibson’s It Becomes You about two years ago, and I loved it so much that I immediately bought his other collections (both of which I also enjoyed very much!). He is a brilliant writer, and to top it off, he’s local! It was fun to read poetry about Minneapolis.
How to describe his work? While I read, I had comparisons bouncing around in my brain. Dobby Gibson writes with the tremendous peeling-open-of-ideas and thoughtful phrases of Billy Collins, with the great breadth of vocabulary of Annie Dillard but much more accessible. There are phrases that will make you pause in awe, and every poem will leave you feeling thoughtful, somehow weightless and heavy at once.
Highly recommend: also, his other books Skirmish and Polar are fantastic reads too!
Join me next month for my 2016 Poetry Campaign. We’ll be reading Brooklyn Copeland’s Siphon, Harbor. Click here to see the schedule for the rest of the year!
Hi Jackie, ‘
It was so nice to meet you several Fridays ago when my daughter visited UNWSP. Thanks for stopping by my blog too last week.
I enjoyed browsing back over the last two posts here. What is DFn’ed mean? “Did not finish” reading?
Feeling a kinship to your zeal for writing,
Hi Jennifer! Yup, DNF = did not finish. It’s a bummer too, since I really liked the first book I read by this author!
What a great one. Love Dobby! And loved Skirmish!