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Biography of Jack Gilbert

Jack Gilbert

Jack Gilbert (1925 - Present)

Jack Gilbert was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1925. He was educated in Pittsburgh and San Francisco, where he later participated in Jack Spicerís famous "Poetry as Magic" Workshop at San Francisco State College in 1957.

Soon after publishing his first book, Views of Jeopardy, in 1962, Gilbert received a Guggenheim Fellowship and subsequently moved abroad, living in England, Denmark, and Greece. During that time, he also toured fifteen countries as a lecturer on American Literature for the U.S. State Department. Nearly twenty years after completing Views of Jeopardy, he published his second book, Monolithos. The collection takes its title from Greek, meaning "single stone," and refers to the landscape where he lived on the island of Santorini.

Gilbert is also the author of The Great Fires: Poems 1982-1992. His poetry has been featured in The American Poetry Review, The Quarterly, Poetry, Ironwood, The Kenyon Review, The New Yorker, and other journals. He has been awarded a Lannan Literary Award for Poetry and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Monolithos won of the Stanley Kunitz Prize and the American Poetry Review Prize, and Views of Jeopardy won the Yale Younger Poets Series. Both books were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

Gilbert was the 1999-2000 Grace Hazard Conkling writer-in-residence at Smith College and a visiting professor and writer-in-residence at the University of Tennessee in 2004. He currently resides in western Massachusetts.

Biography by: http://www.onlinepoetryclassroom.org/poets/poets.cfm?prmID=1306

12 Poems written by Jack Gilbert

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Every morning the sad girl brings her three sheep
How astonishing it is that language can almost mean, Comments and analysis of The Forgotten Dialect Of The Heart by Jack Gilbert 267 Comments
I'd walk her home after work Comments and analysis of Portrait Number Five: Against A New York Summer by Jack Gilbert 32 Comments
Love is apart from all things. Comments and analysis of The Great Fires by Jack Gilbert 77 Comments
Once upon a time I was sitting outside the cafe Comments and analysis of In Umbria by Jack Gilbert 1 Comment
Poetry is a kind of lying, Comments and analysis of Poetry Is A Kind Of Lying by Jack Gilbert 2 Comments
Suddenly this defeat. Comments and analysis of Rain by Jack Gilbert 1 Comment
The fox pushes softly, blindly through me at night,
The Poles rode out from Warsaw against the German
We find out the heart only by dismantling what Comments and analysis of Tear It Down by Jack Gilbert 14 Comments
When the King of Siam disliked a courtier,
Woke up suddenly thinking I heard crying. Comments and analysis of Divorce by Jack Gilbert 6 Comments

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