[UCP Books]: Last Lake

“Gibbons’s spacious, earnest poems are sinuously connected to the world, meticulously sensitive to the lives of others in the ‘long shadows of the Chicago mountains.’ Layered, tonally subtle, conversant with the mysteries of the social and the psychological, these poems tutor us in a style of conscience that is fresh, brave and humble, exactly suited to this moment in America.”
From the National Book Award citation for Creatures of a Day

Last Lake

By Reginald Gibbons
Phoenix Poets

US Publication Date: October 25, 2016 Paper  $18.00/£12.50
International Publication Date: November 14, 2016 ISBN-13: 978-0-226-41745-5


“The evening forgives the alleyway,” Reginald Gibbons writes in his tenth book of poems—but such startling simplicities are overwhelmed in us by the everyday and the epochal. Across the great range of Gibbons’s emblematic, vividly presented scenes, his language looks hard at and into experience and feeling. Words themselves have ideas, and have eyes—inwardly looking down through their own meanings, as the poet considers a lake in the Canadian north, a Chicago neighborhood, a horse caravan in Texas, a church choir, a bookshelf, or an archeological dig on the steppes near the Volga River. The last lake is the place of both awe and elegy.

Reginald Gibbons is a Frances Hooper Professor of Arts and Humanities at Northwestern University. His poetry collections include National Book Award finalist Creatures of a Day and Slow Trains Overhead: Chicago Poems and Stories, the latter also published by the University of Chicago Press.


Please contact Rose Rittenhouse at (773) 702-0376 or rittenhouse@uchicago.edu for more information.


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