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Gibbons, Reginald

Works: 98 works in 290 publications in 2 languages and 15,062 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Fiction  Poetry  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Conference papers and proceedings  Biography  Interviews  Tragedies (Drama)  Bibliography 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Other, ed, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Annotator
Classifications: PA4414.A7, 882.01
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Most widely held works by Reginald Gibbons
The Poet's work : 29 masters of 20th century poetry on the origins and practice of their art( Book )

2 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 1,109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This anthology brings together essays by 20th-century poets on their own art: some concern themselves with its deep sources and ultimate justifications; others deal with technique, controversies among schools, the experience behind particular poems. The great Modernists of most countries are presented here--Paul Valéry, Federico García Lorca, Boris Pasternak, Fernando Pessoa, Eugenio Montale, Wallace Stevens--as are a range of younger, less eminent figures from the English-speaking world: Seamus Heaney, Denise Levertov, Wendell Berry. . . . The reader will find here a lively debate over the individualistic and the communal ends served by poetry, and over other issues that divide poets: inspiration and craft; the use or the condemnation of science; traditional and 'organic' form
Antigone by Sophocles( Book )

20 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 835 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher's description: Echoing through western culture for more than two millennia, Sophocles' play has been a touchstone of thinking about human conflict and human tragedy, the role of the divine in human life, and the degree to which men and women are the creators of their own destiny. This exciting new translation of the Antigone is both extremely faithful to the Greek and poetically striking and convincing
Sweetbitter : a novel by Reginald Gibbons( Book )

5 editions published between 1994 and 2003 in English and held by 686 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A forbidden romance between a half-breed and a white woman, set in Texas at the turn of the century. The hero is Reuben Sweetbitter, the son of a white father and an Indian mother. When he begins dating Martha Clarke, the daughter of a lawyer, he is threatened with lynching and the couple flee to another town, but the forces of racial purity pursue them. This is one tale where love does not conquer all. By the author of Five Pears or Peaches
Selected poems of Luis Cernuda by Luis Cernuda( Book )

11 editions published between 1974 and 1999 in English and held by 652 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Few modern poets, in any language, give us this chilling sense of knowing ourselves to be before a man who really speaks, effectively possessed by the fatality and the lucidity of passion. If it were possible to define in a phrase the place Cernuda occupies in modern Spanish-language poetry, I would say he is the poet who speaks not for all, but for each one of us who makes up the all. And he wounds us in the core of that part of each of us "which is not called glory, fortune, or ambition" but the truth of ourselves. --Octavio Paz
Guillén on Guillén : the poetry and the poet by Jorge Guillén( Book )

9 editions published between 1979 and 2015 in English and Spanish and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Had I a hundred mouths : new & selected stories, 1947-1983 by William Goyen( Book )

10 editions published between 1984 and 1986 in English and held by 491 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

TQ 20 : twenty years of the best contemporary writing and graphics from TriQuarterly magazine( Book )

10 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New writing from Mexico( Book )

9 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Criticism in the university( Book )

8 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How poems think by Reginald Gibbons( Book )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 342 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reginald Gibbons collects here a lifetime's worth of thoughts on composing and translating poetry. Not a manifesto or a general theory of the lyric, rather, the book explores how a poem thinks: that is, what results from the circumstances of a poet's native language, choice of words and topics, the mentality that the poet shares with other writers, and the range of poetic possibilities (and limitations) in a given language. Through exemplary case studies taken from his own experience in writing poetry, as well as in translating poetry from languages ranging from Sophocles's and Pindar's ancient Greek to their contemporary French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish successors, Gibbons traces the curious persistence of classical modes and images into the twenty-first century. He shows how the very language used in composing a poem, be it ancient Greek, Renaissance English, or contemporary Russian, both limits and enables how a poet thinks and what the poet can say. Even in describing difficult poetic concepts and operations, Gibbons writes in a clear, companionable style, entirely accessible not just to practicing poets, but also to general readers interested in poetry, and to writers of various stripes interested in the way our native language can often circumscribe what and how we think poetically, and affect how we compose poetry and prose
William Goyen : a study of the short fiction by Reginald Gibbons( Book )

4 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides an in-depth critical introduction to the short stories of William Goyen. Includes a detailed analyses of every significant story, biographical information, a chronology of the artist's life and works, and a representative selection of critical responses
Creatures of a day : poems by Reginald Gibbons( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Creatures of a Day, Reginald Gibbons presents intense encounters with everyday people amidst the historical and social contexts of everyday life. His poems are meditations on memory, obligation, love, death, celebration, and sorrow. Some of them show how the making of poetry itself seems inextricably enmeshed with personal encounter and with history. This new collection includes five odes woven from interactions with others, thirteen shorter poems, and "Fern-Texts," a kind of biographical and autobiographical essay in syllabic verse on the parallel decades of the English 1790s and the American 1960s. Using quotations from the notebooks of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Fern-Texts" interweaves the dilemmas of love, ethics, and political engagement in Coleridge's life when he was in his twenties and in the poet's own life when, at the same age, he lived in California. Ranging from poems of witness to paradoxical speculations, from the personal intimacy of love and death to the broad scope of historical turmoil, Creatures of a Day is an unusual, powerful collection
The Bacchae by Euripides( Book )

15 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Regarded by many as Euripides' masterpiece, Bakkhai examines both the horror and the beauty of the religious ecstasy that Dionysos brings to Thebes. His offer of closeness to nature and freedom from the constraints of civilization, especially for women, excites bitter resistance as well as fanatical acceptance." "Disguised as a young holy man and accompanied by his band of Asian worshipers, the god Dionysos arrives in Greece at Thebes, proclaims his godhood and his new religion, and drives the Theban women mad. When the Theban king, Pentheus, tries to imprison him, Dionysos afflicts Pentheus himself with madness and leads him, dressed as a bacchant, to the mountains, where his own mother, Agaue, and her companions tear him to pieces in an insane Bacchic frenzy."
It's time : poems by Reginald Gibbons( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fiction of the eighties : a decade of stories from TriQuarterly( Book )

5 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

47 short stories by American authors in the 1980s. Authors include Tobias Wolff, Grace Paley, Robert S. Nelson and Margaret Broucek
Sparrow : new and selected poems by Reginald Gibbons( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The writer in our world : a symposium sponsored by TriQuarterly magazine( Book )

10 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Half a look of Cain : a fantastical narrative by William Goyen( Book )

5 editions published between 1994 and 1998 in English and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Part fable and part rhapsodic exploration of desire and loss, Half a Look of Cain bears Goyen's unmistakable artistic signature on every page. Too far ahead of its time in its swirling visionary structure, this novel was rejected by Goyen's first publisher as not sufficiently commercial and remained unpublished despite extensive revisions. The novel is shaped as a group of "medallions"--A series of related episodes
Goyen : autobiographical essays, notebooks, evocations, interviews by William Goyen( Book )

10 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The volume also contains late essays on growing up in Houston, writing from life, and illness and recovery."--Jacket
Slow trains overhead : Chicago poems and stories by Reginald Gibbons( Book )

11 editions published between 2010 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Few people writing today could successfully combine an intimate knowledge of Chicago with a poet's eye, and capture what it's really like to live in this remarkable city. Embracing a striking variety of human experience-a chance encounter with a veteran on Belmont Avenue, the grimy majesty of the downtown El tracks, domestic violence in a North Side brownstone, the wide-eyed wonder of new arrivals at O'Hare, and much more-these new and selected poems and stories by Reginald Gibbons celebrate the heady mix of elation and despair that is city life. With Slow Trains Overhead, he has rendered a living portrait of Chicago as luminously detailed and powerful as those of Nelson Algren and Carl Sandburg. Gibbons takes the reader from museums and neighborhood life to tense proceedings in Juvenile Court, from comically noir-tinged scenes at a store on Clark Street to midnight immigrants at a gas station on Western Avenue, and from a child's piggybank to nature in urban spaces. For Gibbons, the city's people, places, and historical reverberations are a compelling human array of the everyday and the extraordinary, of poverty and beauty, of the experience of being one among many. Penned by one of its most prominent writers, Slow Trains Overhead evokes and commemorates human life in a great city
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Alternative Names
Reginald Gibbons American writer

Reginald Gibbons Amerikaans kunstenaar

English (161)

Spanish (3)

Sweetbitter : a novelSelected poems of Luis CernudaCreatures of a day : poemsThe BacchaeIt's time : poemsSparrow : new and selected poemsHalf a look of Cain : a fantastical narrativeGoyen : autobiographical essays, notebooks, evocations, interviewsSlow trains overhead : Chicago poems and stories