One of the best poets I've ever read.
I highly recommend this book of poetry to anyone who enjoys the genre or even someone who wants to simply get a large taste of one of the great poets of our time.
Jack Gilbert's Collected Poems are so very rich that individual poems almost have to be read with a certain amount of space between them.
Jack Gilbert has long been one of my favorite contemporary poets. The clarity and directness of his syntax and word choice, the feel of the Mediterranean landscape where he lived... Read morePublished 1 month ago by george h.s. singer
The tendency when writing about a book of poetry is to cite or sample from the assembled poems. With the collection of poems compiled here it's almost impossible to know where to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Earnstone
Jack Gilbert decided to be a wandering troubadour to escape the academic strangulation of college teaching and the narrowed vision of remaining stuck in the USA, so his poetry... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Beverley R. Enright
After dismissing the first poems in this collection as obtuse, I truned to selections from the later books of Gilbert's and found them poignant and provocative. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Willaim Carpenter
I have never loved poetry in particular, but Jack Gilbert actually changed my life. His collected works are amazing, but pace yourself. You'll be heartbroken when you finish.Published 12 months ago by Emlington
Every great writer makes you think at the time you're reading him or her that they're the greatest writer of all time, because they give you such a complete world view. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dale W. Boyer
So glad I found Gilbert. I never "got" poetry, until I began reading his later poems, describing the many cabins, chalets, and farm houses in which he lived, all over the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by CrazyAboutAmazon
For me the late poems were worth the price of the book, but following an unusual life through a progression of poems was also worthwhile.Published 16 months ago by Woodsy Wilds
My husband and I read poetry at night. This book is one in our collection and we enjoy it very much. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Judith Fox