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The Empty Loom: Poems
by Robert Gibb
University of Arkansas Press, 2012
Paper: 978-1-55728-990-2 | eISBN: 978-1-61075-508-5
Library of Congress Classification PS3557.I139E67 2012
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.54

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The poems in The Empty Loom weave together a figure--lover, wife, mother, muse--which takes shape before us, fully present in what Samuel Beckett calls "the time of the body." Set firmly within the resonance of the natural world and glimpsed in paintings, fabrics, snatches of song, the poems revolve around her, fulfilling their "injunction to savor / The folds of light which fall / On the perishable world." Now joyful, now elegiac in tone, Gibb's love and its loss are rendered in the quiet elegance of image and line characteristic of his poems, their focus shifting like the sun as it tracks its passage across a room, a life.

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