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Product Details

  • Paperback: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Lost Hills Books; First edition (October 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979853532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979853531
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,470,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What a delightful book -- delicious all the way from the cornflowers to the Clare.  --Seamus Heaney

I love the trim way the poems of Staying Blue move, and the way Gibbons Ruark paces the whole gathering into long and short beats or segments, each lyric doing exactly what is needed -- whether humorous or serious, whether treating of immediate experience or reanimating memorial moments (two concerning James Wright are particularly impressive). There's a clean, lively language at work here, full of fine words ('sundown,' 'featherweight,' 'firefall') clearly relished, while those poems lodged in Irish landscapes, both physical and literary, shine with the virtue of authenticity: they see, feel, and communicate what's actually there, what's been experienced with sharp eye, responsive ear, imaginative understanding. Powered by such energies, Staying Blue stays satisfyingly alive from start to finish. --Eamon Grennan

Gibbons Ruark takes seriously the ancient and careful art of poetry, and he knows that the way you say something is a large part of what you say. Here is poetry that aspires to Brodsky's definition: Poetry is what every language hopes to become. This thirty-page chapbook may be the best book of poetry, full-length or otherwise, published this year. --Fred Dings in World Literature Today

About the Author

Born in 1941, Gibbons Ruark has published his poems widely for fifty years. Staying Blue is his eighth collection. The recipient of many awards, including three NEA Fellowships, a Pushcart Prize and the Saxifrage Prize for Keeping Company, he lives with his wife Kay in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Henricksen on September 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
Gibbons Ruark has had a distinguished career in American Poetry for 40 years, winning numerous prizes and appearing in our finest literary journals and magazines--The New Yorker, The New Republic, Ploughshares, and Poetry, to name a few. Staying Blue brings together his most recent poems, offering us another chance to experience the rare lyrical beauty of a poet capable of playing language as a great musician might play a violin or a piano.

Some of these poems harken toward the Irish landscape so dear to him. Others, such as his two poems concerning James Wright, memorialize people he has known and loved. Wright fans, by the way, can find another lovely offering by Ruark in From the Other World: Poems in Memory of James Wright.

My own favorite poem in Staying Blue is "Little Porch at Night," where, in the haunting repetitions of the villanelle, the muses are summoned yet again.

"Pull up a porch chair next to this chaise longue.
Tell me the empty dark will fill with voices
And talk to me before I end my song."

It is good to know that Gibbons Ruark still sings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Iona Toyota on September 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
Although Gibbons Ruark has had a long career, I first discovered him while reading From the Other World: Poems in Memory of James Wright, where he has a wonderful poem about a day spent with Wright and his wife. Staying Blue is a collection of Ruark's most recent poems. Ruark doesn't write in the prosaic style of so many of today's poets. His poems aren't simply prose that doesn't go to the right margin. Instead, he shows a wonderful attention to the music of language, adopting a style that is never overstated but is always a product of art, a style that always rises beyond the language of everyday. I have kept my rating to 4 stars only because of the slim size of this book--I wish there were more!
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Gibbons Ruark was born in North Carolina in 1941, grew up in various Methodist parsonages in the eastern part of the state, was educated in its public schools and holds degrees from the Universities of North Carolina and Massachusetts.
His poems have been published widely for fifty years in a variety of magazines and anthologies and individual collections. He is the recipient of residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland, three NEA Poetry Fellowships, a Pushcart Prize and the Saxifrage Prize for Keeping Company. His most recent books are Staying Blue and Passing Through Customs: New and Selected Poems. New work can be seen in recent issues of The New Republic, The New Criterion, Shenandoah and The New Yorker. Ruark has given public readings in at least half of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Delaware, he lives with his wife Kay in Raleigh, North Carolina.


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