By Jack Gilbert
The "far, obdurate, disastrous" process Jack Gilbert's resolute journey--not one who might promise in time to convey him domestic to the consolations of Penelope and the comforts of Ithaca yet one who might as an alternative take him ever outward to the very unlikely blankness of the desert--could by no means were completed within the society of others. What has saved this nice poet courageous has been the tricky corporation of his poems--and we have now, in Gilbert's 3rd and so much silent publication, what could be, what has to be, the bravest of those imperial accomplishments.
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