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Dobby Gibson for "Little Glass Planet" in conversation with Jeff Shotts

  • Black Dog Café 308 East Prince Street Saint Paul, MN, 55101 United States (map)

SubText Books is pleased to present an evening with Dobby Gibson on Thursday, May 23rd at Black Dog Café to celebrate the release of Gibson’s “Little Glass Planet.” Gibson will be in conversation with Jeff Shotts, Executive Editor at Graywolf Press.

The event will take place at Black Dog Café (308 E Prince Street), and there will be a reception starting at 6:00 PM followed by the reading and conversation at 7:00 PM. Both are free and open to the public!

“Little Glass Planet” exults in the strangeness of the known and knowable world. In poems set as far afield as Mumbai and Marfa, Texas, Gibson maps disparate landscapes, both terrestrial and subliminal, to reveal the drama in both the extraordinary and the mundane. Aphoristic, allusive, and collaged, these poems mind our various human languages to help us understand what we might mean when we speak to each other—as lovers, as family, as strangers. “Little Glass Planet” uses lyric broadcast to foreshorten the perceived distances between us, opening borders and pointing toward a sense of collectivity. “This is my love letter to the world,” Gibson writes, “someone call us a sitter. / We’re going to be here a while.”

Elegiac, funny, and candid, “Little Glass Planet” is a kind of manual for paying attention to a world that is increasingly engineered to distract us from our own humanity. It’s a book that points towards hope, offering the possibilities of a “we” that only the open frequency of poetry can create, possibilities that are indistinguishable from love.

About Dobby Gibson:
Dobby Gibson is the author of “Polar,” which won the Alice James Award, “Skirmish,” and “It Becomes You.” His poetry has appeared in Fence, New England Review, and Ploughshares, among others. He lives in St. Paul.

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