|These Great Fires: 1982-1990 |
by Jack Gilbert
Most every poem has hurt with its vision, but hurt in the way that happens when one finds that someone else has put words on life, held it still long enough to say, Yes, me, too, but this way.
The two poems that so far have shifted the world of words are these: "Guilty" and "Married." The poem "Guilty" must be read out loud and alone, but here is the other:
(from the anthology Earth-Shattering Poems, edited by Liz Rosenberg--Google Books preview)
Those interested in hearing the man behind the poetry might be interested in the Interview with Jack Gilbert at the Paris Review. The questions are sometimes inane, but the answers never are.