James Kimbrell The Gatehouse Heaven: Poems

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"Kimbrell sings a serious song. . . . The poems are deft and sure, there is a sense of vision in them, and I have the feeling that this is the start of something significant."-from the Foreword by Charles Wright

In his debut collection (selected by Charles Wright as the 1997 winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry), Kimbrell revisits the mysterious landscapes of childhood and returns with poems that fathom meaning yet retain a sense of awe. The book's title section, a poignant ten-part poem, portrays a son's lifelong struggle to connect with a father made absent by mental and physical illness: "It's quite/The wonder, what madness can do for a man,//Much more than me far below the harsh light of heaven/Down here, in the make-shift center of this world." The Gatehouse Heaven serves as testament and guide to the kind of love that lies beyond anger.

James Kimbrell has received a Ford Foundation Fellowship, a Henry Hoynes Fellowship, and the Ruth Lilly Fellowship. He was twice winner of the Academy of American Poet's Prize and also received the "Discovery"/The Nation Award and Poetry magazine's Bess Hokin Prize. His poems and co-translations (with Jung Yul Yu) have appeared in magazines such as Poetry, The Antioch Review, The Quarterly, and Field. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in creative writing at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

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Kimbrell's excellent first collection of poetry bores into the core of what it is to be human, while showcasing his obvious love of language in four cohesive sections that examine the relationships between self and other. It is in these spaces of "in between" that Kimbrell's inspired visions find their greatest strength.

The poems in the first part of the book depict the divide between darkness and light, sky and earth, being and nothingness. In the poem "Rooftop," for example, the transformation of the speaker occurs while climbing the water tower, "half-visible" within the inconceivable island of air that the birds occupy. In section two, the title poem, a lyrical poem in 10 parts, centers upon the relationship between a father swaying at the edge of insanity and a son who can only watch his father's decay, even after he feels that the final words of good-bye have been said. Section three introduces human insignificance almost as a balm to the devastation of the previous poems. In the poem "A Slow Night on Texas Street," the nightly news creates only a small pocket of silence in a bar where routine life continues, as if it is merely writing "someone's name on the breath-wet window." In section four, the book turns to an acknowledgement of self, of the personal role that a concrete character plays in a fickle world that barely records one's name on the program. In "Self-Portrait, Jackson," the speaker shifts the reader into a homecoming that parallels Thomas Wolfe's declaration in his novel "You Can't Go Home Again." Nothing and everything has changed. You can clean yourself up, but you can't take yourself out of your hometown's version of who you were.

Kimbrell, more than many poets, gives us close access to his poetry--not by trite universality nor overly easy imagery but by putting us immediately and courageously in his fine line of vision.

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Sarabande Books announces the June 1998 publication of James Kimbrell's first full-length collection of poems, The Gatehouse Heaven, which Charles Wright selected as the 1997 winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry.

The Gatehouse Heaven is the tenth poetry title to be published by Sarabande Books, a nonprofit literary press headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. Since the 1996 debut of the press, Sarabande Books titles have received positive review attention from nationally distinguished media including The New York Times Book Review, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, American Book Review, Small Press, The Nation, and Library Journal.

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