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The Empty Loom

Poems by Robert Gibb

Robert Gibb

Publication Year: 2012

The poems in The Empty Loom weave together a figure—lover, wife, mother, muse—who takes shape before us, fully present in what Samuel Beckett calls “the time of the body.” Set firmly within the resonance of the natural world and glimpsed in paintings, fabrics, snatches of song, the poems revolve around her, fulfilling their “injunction to savor / The folds of light which fall / On the perishable world.” Now joyful, now elegiac in tone, Gibb’s love and its loss are rendered in the quiet elegance of image and line characteristic of his poems, their focus shifting like the sun as it tracks its passage across a room, a life.

Published by: University of Arkansas Press

Title Page, Copyright

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Acknowledgments

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

I

BEFORE SUMMER RAIN

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pp. 3-5

MUSHROOMS

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pp. 6-

BREAKING THE SOIL

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pp. 7-8

PARENTHETICAL

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pp. 9-

HERBAL

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pp. 10-

POKEWEED, PERSIMMONS

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pp. 11-12

EDWARD WESTON’S PEPPERS

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pp. 13-

LOOKING AT A BOOK OF PAINTINGS BY MODIGLIANI ON A RAINY AFTERNOON

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pp. 14-15

DAYS OF HEAVEN

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pp. 16-

MONET AT GIVERNY

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pp. 17-18

LUNAR

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pp. 19-

THE CONFIGURATION OF BODIES IN A LUNAR ECLIPSE

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pp. 20-

COMING AGAIN UPON MENSCH’S MILL, BY ACCIDENT, AFTER A PASSAGE OF YEARS

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pp. 22-23

KEY TO THE HIGHWAY

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pp. 24-

ON A WINTER NIGHT

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pp. 25-

WINTER STORM WATCH

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pp. 26-27

MATING

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pp. 28-

BIRTHSTONES

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pp. 29-

MULLEIN: THIRD TRIMESTER

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pp. 30-31

JOURNAL OF THE FIRST BIRTH

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pp. 32-36

FRAGMENT

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pp. 37-

SKUNK CABBAGE

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pp. 38-39

MORNING SWIM

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pp. 40-

II

THE EMPTY LOOM

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pp. 43-

AT THE HALL OF AMERICIAN INDIANS IN THE CARNEGIE MUSEUM

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pp. 44-45

THE SCARF

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pp. 46-47

LI / THE CLINGING, FIRE

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pp. 48-50

CLEARING OUT THE CLOSET

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pp. 51-

FLORILEGIUM OF THE WILDFLOWERS IN NEW HOMESTEAD, PENNSYLVANIA

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pp. 52-53

BLUES PASSAGE

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pp. 54-

ELEGY ROSES

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pp. 55-56

GARDEN DIPTYCH

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pp. 57-58

ORCHARDS

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pp. 59-62

THERE WERE FLOWERS ALSO IN HELL

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pp. 63-

BRAVING THE ELEMENTS

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pp. 64-65

SONNET

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pp. 66-

IRISH CATHOLIC

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pp. 67-68

REMISSION

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pp. 69-70

DRAWING HER BATH

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pp. 71-72

Notes

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pp. 73-

Back Cover

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p. 83-83


E-ISBN-13: 9781610755085
E-ISBN-10: 1610755081
Print-ISBN-13: 9781557289902
Print-ISBN-10: 1557289905

Page Count: 69
Publication Year: 2012