Today's poem is "Oakland Work Crew"
from Death of a Ventriloquist

University of North Texas Press

Gibson Fay-LeBlanc’s poems have appeared in magazines including Guernica, The New Republic, and Poetry Northwest. In 2011 he was named one of Maine’s “emerging leaders” by the Portland Press Herald and MaineToday Media for his work directing The Telling Room, where he still occasionally teaches writing. He lives with his family in Portland, Maine.

Other poems by Gibson Fay-LeBlanc in Verse Daily:

Books by Gibson Fay-LeBlanc:

Other poems on the web by Gibson Fay-LeBlanc:
Three poems
"On Leaving Home"
Two poems
Ten poems
"Explanation Beginning With a River"
"On Leaving Home"
Three poems

Gibson Fay-LeBlanc's Website.

Gibson Fay-LeBlanc on Twitter.

About Death of a Ventriloquist:

"What drives the poems in this wonderfully animated debut volume and prompts the reader’s pleasure in them is the patent honesty of the poet’s voice. In the ‘ventriloquist’ series itself, Fay-LeBlanc creates a remarkable refracted self-portrait, bristling with moments of unabashed illumination."
—Eamon Grennan

"In the words of visual artist Paul Klee, whose synaesthetically suggestive work inspires this manuscript, ‘art doesn’t reproduce what we can see, it makes it visible.’ The turf of these poems is a ‘vision country’ in which our narrator / ventriloquist makes visible (and audible) the world to which he restlessly attends, offering up the ‘voices’ of everything. Formally deft, these poems address the limits and grace of lyric poetry."
—Lisa Russ Spaar

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