What a pair! Both marching to the beat of an invisible drummer--one who keeps perfect time. And the publication of these make-love-not-war poems in War, Madness and Love is perfect timing for these times in which we are living. Howling from the Montana wilderness, Revere and Gibbons are singing out to all generations for the reawakening of the counterculture and the restructuring and redistribution of common sense consciousness and wealth in America. Rock on, fellas, and may your courageous words strike terror in the hearts of the Lords of Profit. -Thomas Rain Crowe --R & R Publishing
Voices startlingly different yet strangely complimentary, Gibbons and Revere piggy-back each other across the chasm of on-going lies and war that are the legacy of all empires. War, Madness & Love takes up the burden of that tragedy in the full realization that it exists within each one of us as well as out there in the historical/political world. Thankfully, these two poets find a way to chant us back towards some sanity worthy of our souls. --Roger Dunsmore, author of Tiger Hill and earth s mind: Essays in Native Literature --R & R Publishing
About the Author
Mark Gibbons is a poet and lifelong resident of Montana. Born in Missoula in 1954, he married his high school sweetheart in 1973. They have two sons. Mark earned degrees in Psychology, English, and Creative Writing from the University of Montana and has performed most of the physical labor jobs available to blue collar descendants determined to stay in Montana at all costs. Besides place, his priorities are family and friends. When he isn t teaching for the Missoula Writing Collaborative or the Montana Arts Council, he s driving truck, lumping furniture, or writing a poem. Mark s work has appeared in numerous journals. This collaboration with Michael Revere is his fifth collection of poems. Michael Revere is a writer, rock drummer, and laborer. He was born in East Point, Georgia, July 26, 1951. He is a Viet Nam War era veteran, and now lives in Helena, Montana. Michael graduated with a Bachelor s degree in History, from the University of Montana, Missoula, in May 2008. Over the last 40 years he has conducted poetry readings and workshops in college and high school classrooms and at public venues throughout America. The author of several collections of poetry in print and on CD has also been published in many periodicals, newspapers, and magazines around the world. Since 1978, Michael s literary works and correspondences have been housed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Historical Society.