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Today's poem is "Pilgrimage"
from Icon and Evidence

Louisiana State University Press

Margaret Gibson is the author of seven books of poetry, including Earth Elegy: New and Selected Poems; The Vigil, a finalist for the National Book Award; Memories of the Future, co-winner of the Melville Cane Award of the Poetry Society of America; and Long Walks in the Afternoon, a Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets.

About Icon and Evidence:

"Icon and Evidence strikes me as Margaret Gibson's most adventurous collection since Memories of the Future: The Daybooks of Tina Modotti. Many of the poems have an energetic intensity, a verbal acrobacy, that seems to me new in her work, yet not at all 'adopted' or otherwise untrue to her primary impulses. This is a beautiful, ambitious book."
— Henry Taylor

"I have been reading Mararet Gibson's poetry for years, and she never disappoints. Her poems are at once contemplative and down to earth, combining a musical ear and a sensitive, intelligent eye."
—Linda Pastan

"Hallelujah for Margaret Gibson's luxuriant, sensuous meditations. Icon and Evidence is Gibson at her best, with poems full of love and acceptance—and 'that of God' in every being, even the scorned."
—Molly Peacock

"Though never shirking their necessary engagement with the darker truths, Margaret Gibson's poems are always acts of exuberant affirmation. In every poem she becomes a traveler, at high lyric speed, between the realms of flesh and spirit, both of which she fills to brimming with a language that's as rich in its sensuous immediacy as it is profound in its spiritual urgency and interrogation. Her eloquent imagination is at home in its human, earthly (and earthy) wholeness. Hers is a consciousness translating itself at every turn into words that in their own rapturous, kinetic zigzag and flow do justice to the dazzling way things simply (and of course not simply) are. Her poems always bring to mind that lovely word of her beloved Hopkins, the word charged—charged as they are with Hopkins's own electric wonder at the world and his willingness to grapple with its mystery. Poised between the glimmering mystery of icon and the plainly tactile facts of evidence, these poems offer us no less than the gift of true illumination."
—Eamon Grennan



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