By Reginald Gibbons b. 1947 Reginald Gibbons
in the cold dark,
I look
through the closed dim
door be-
fore me, which be-
comes an
abyss into
which my
memories have
past laughter or
passion or hard
memories of
our past
laughter, horror,
hard work. An ache
of be-
ing. An ache of
over love. An
ache of
being over
love. Like
projections on
the screen
of the heavy
curtains, flashing
lights of
a slow-scraping
midnight snowplow
for a
moment pulse in
this room.

Source: Poetry (December 2004).

 Reginald  Gibbons


Born and raised in Houston, Reginald Gibbons earned his BA in Spanish and Portuguese from Princeton University, and both his MA in English and creative writing and his PhD in comparative literature from Stanford University.

Gibbons is the author of more than half a dozen collections of poetry, including Sparrow: New and Selected Poems (1997), winner of the Balcones Poetry Prize, and Creatures of a Day (2008), finalist for the . . .

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SUBJECT Time & Brevity, Relationships, Living, Love, Break-ups & Vexed Love, Realistic & Complicated

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Poetic Terms Syllabic

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