Jack Gilbert

Jack Gilbert


Born
in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, The United States
February 18, 1925

Died
November 13, 2012

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Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.'s neighborhood of East Liberty, he attended Peabody High School then worked as a door-to-door salesman, an exterminator, and a steelworker. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, where he and his classmate Gerald Stern developed a serious interest in poetry and writing.

His work is distinguished by simple lyricism and straightforward clarity of tone. Though his first book of poetry (Views of Jeopardy, 1962) was quickly recognized and Gilbert himself made into something of a media darling, he retreated from his earlier activity in the San Francisco poetry scene (where he participated in Jack Spicer's Poetry as Magic workshop) and moved to Europe, touring from country to country while
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The Great Fires

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Refusing Heaven

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Collected Poems

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The Dance Most of All: Poems

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Monolithos: Poems, 1962 and...

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Views of Jeopardy

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Tough Heaven: Poems of Pitt...

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Transgressions: Selected Poems

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“Everyone forgets Icarus also flew.”
Jack Gilbert, Refusing Heaven

“Suddenly this defeat.
This rain.
The blues gone gray
And the browns gone gray
And yellow
A terrible amber.
In the cold streets
Your warm body.
In whatever room
Your warm body.
Among all the people
Your absence
The people who are always
Not you.


I have been easy with trees
Too long.
Too familiar with mountains.
Joy has been a habit.
Now
Suddenly
This rain.”
Jack Gilbert

“I dream of lost vocabularies that might express some of what we no longer can.”
Jack Gilbert, The Great Fires

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