Gorillas was originally published in Poem Noir, a chapbook celebration of Film Noir in poetry. It susequently appears in Protective Coloration. Click the titles for purchasing information. You can also download samples from my author website: davidkjibson.com.
Astronomer Percival Lowell, founder of the Lowell Observatory, published Mars and Its Canals in 1906. His observations of the planet mars were greatly influenced by those of Giovanni Schiaparelli. The two men’s speculations generated many subsequent sci-fi novels, stories, movies and, eventually, this poem which appeared first in Apex Magazine and now in my collection, Protective Coloration, avialable from Kelsay Books and at Amazon.com.
In this splendid collection of engaging and unmistakably American poems, David Jibson manages to find beauty in utterly unexpected places: piled up on a back shelf at the Salvation Army Store, for example, or strung along the bedraggled length of the Ohio Turnpike—or perhaps in the lovely, tentative dance of a blind woman learning to walk with a white cane. Along with a faint echo of Ted Kooser or Billy Collins at their conversational best, you’ll be captivated by Jibson’s own irresistible voice: that of a witty, insightful observer of the astonishments that surround us.
Marilyn L. Taylor,
Wisconsin Poet Laureate, Emerita
To read David Jibson’s poems is like leafing through a pile of photos of your life and suddenly rediscovering feelings and events you had forgotten or never knew. Each snapshot is replete with carefully selected images organized to create unity and fulfillment. His poems range from trivia to exotic, from people we recognize to those we would like to meet. Topics include science, religion, philosophy, history, music, art, and (the requisite for all good poetry) basic old-fashioned entertainment.
Lawrence W. Thomas,
Founding Editor, Third Wednesday Magazine
Honorary Chancellor, Poetry Society of Michigan
A Celebration of Film Noir in Poetry. I love old film and I especially love film noir. In this collection I celebrate some of the characters, plots and familiar settings of film noir through poetry. Inside you’ll find dark cityscapes and blind alleys. There are private-eyes, taxi dancers, thugs, mugs, crime bosses, night club sirens, crooked cops, gun molls and a morgue full of bodies. The newsreels and the previews of coming attractions are done. The projectionist is nicely drunk. Settle back in your seat, claim the armrests on both sides and enjoy the feature. Available from Amazon.com for $6.00
As death comes to Augie, it parallels the death of the American family farm and a culture that once helped to define who we are. This chapbook tells the story of Augie and his family in a series of twenty free verse poems. Available for $6.00 from Amazon.com.