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Thursday, September 27 • 11:30am - 12:15pm
Mark Gibbons

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Come listen to Mark Gibbons read and discuss his newest collection of poetry, The Imitation Blues, by Foothills Press.

Reviews of The Imitations Blues:

At times weary, at times sparkling with wonder, The Imitation Blues is a fierce meditation on what is lost, what is found. The poems here are burly, flexing, but there is grace in all the musculature. Political, but never indulgent; profound, but never ephemeral. These poems are deeply rooted. A tough guy eye on mortality, but a tender heart revealed as he squints. “This losing is what we do,” Gibbons professes, but this collection is a gift you will find meaning in, again and again.
 —Richard Fifield, author of The Flood Girls

This man has decided not to coat his tongue in silver. He has covered it with tree bark and Clark Fork River water. He reveals to us, the truth, the dishonesty, the actuality of how humans discover themselves. A true master who calls to the animals inside us, those beasts who know this is a good place. 
—Monty Campbell, Jr., author of A Large Dent in the Moon

Insofar that The Imitation Blues makes us descend into the root cellars of the poet's heart and history, it will also praise the living and light of our days. These pages pour libation and summon the dead: John Lennon, Johnny Cash, Jack Kerouac, Jack Spicer, Ed Lahey, Guy Lombardo, Smelley the cat, and dear departed friends and family. In these poems, a lost mother will keep sowing. A father will keep working a brutal graveyard shift. Reader, don't be afraid. There's a party going on. Dylan Thomas will guide us through Golden Gate Park! I've been a fan of Gibbons' poetry for almost twenty years, and this is classic Gibbo. These poems tell the truth, and they are unafraid. 
—Miles Waggener, author of Phoenix Suites and Sky Harbor

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Mark Gibbons

Mark Gibbons is a Missoula poet and lifelong Montanan. His latest collection of poetry is The Imitation Blues from FootHills Publishing in 2017, and he's the editor of Moving On: The Last Poems of Ed Lahey, 2018, from Drumlummon Institute.


Thursday September 27, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm
Shakespeare & Co 103 S 3rd St W, Missoula, MT 59801, USA

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