Today's poem is "Weak Strong"
from Cleaning a Rainbow

BkMk Press

Gary Gildner is the author of twenty books, including poetry, fiction, and memoir. His previous poetry collection, The Bunker in the Parsley Fields, won the Iowa Poetry Prize. His other awards include the William Carlos Williams, Theodore Roethke, and Pushcart prizes and the National Magazine Award for fiction. He has held fellowships from the NEA, Breadloaf, MacDowell, Yaddo, and Fulbright lectureships to Poland and Czechoslovakia. He lives in Idahoís Clearwater Mountains.

Books by Gary Gildner: Cleaning a Rainbow, Somewhere Geese are Flying, My Grandfather's Book, The Warsaw Sparks/Singular Lives, Blue Like The Heavens, First Practice, Nails, Antaeus 47, A Week in South Dakota, Letters from Vicksburg, The Runner, Clackamas, Digging for Indians, The Second Bridge, The Swing,

Other poems on the web by Gary Gildner:
"Collecting Cowpies"

About Cleaning a Rainbow:

"Here he comes again with a new book of poems—Gildner, the kid from Flint, the jaunty pitcher/shortstop, the quarterback from Holy Redeemer, a genuine American article, still in love with the 1950s and being young, still showing us the fancy moves and surprising turns that inevitably swerve his poems toward the readerís affections. He still has the briskness and inventiveness, but these poems are wiser, more practiced, embracing a new kind of resolution."
—Paul Zimmer

"Gary Gildner has written splendid poems for forty years and Cleaning a Rainbow is a most welcome collection, bright and sassy in the language that William Carlos Williams would have said was made of "the local," that life of children, lovers, home, of complex mysteries just beyond the edge of our hands and ears and eyes. He reminds me of Randall Jarrellís praise for a language that even cats and dogs can read, the hardest thing in the world to write well. Gildner is as good as a clear night for seeing things."
—Dave Smith

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