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Speak Shade [KINDLE] ❆ Speak Shade By Raymond Gibson – Thomashillier.co.uk From its opening evocation of creeping blindness to its closing image of hands to take in this the dark night and thread the dawns Raymond Gibson's Speak Shade is a uiet marvel terrific in both the co From its opening evocation of creeping blindness to its closing image of hands to take in this the dark night and thread the dawns Raymond Gibson's Speak Shade is a uiet marvel terrific in both the collouial and historical sense Like the sage of the Tao Te Ching who treats all individuals as straw dogs for sacrifice he is not sentimental Instead he recognizes the impermanence of language love and flesh Gibson's poems are temples of reflection filled with shadows that honor what cannot last—TA NoonanRaymond Gibson's poems speak a calm lapidary language words that seem already graven upon steles or traced by some supernatural hand upon a wall – and a dark language of sight through blindness touch through the oppressive veils of distance Behind his words ostensibly simple lies an almost unbearable weight of history of thought and of subterranean emotion The poems of Speak Shade like the Sibyl's leaves are oracular pronouncements that at once resist logic and demand attention hold the reader to account Like Rilke's Archaic Torso they work a change upon us–Mark Scroggins author of Anarchy Torture Garden Naked City Pastorelles and Red ArcadiaRaymond Gibson's sparse intense lovely and ghostly chapbook Speak Shade is born of light and sight Each poem within is a candle—orange rays of illumination flickering brief and breathless Gibson reveals tapers of timeless beauty yet cautions us not to fly too close to the sun Beginning with The Cataracts and ending with Blink and Blind Timescapes the poet dares us to see what we ordinarily try to shield our eyes from while offering us salve and salvation for all of the red absences Using every color of the spectrum especially the spectral ones Gibson always returns to light and the perception of light casting white hot beams on our fragility and futility In this book you will find little wounds tiny licks of flame alternately burning and melting over the glowing and majestic fires of our lives—Cin Hochman Editor in Chief First Literary Review EastRaymond Gibson has created a thesis of poems that show us what it means to inhabit a liminal space Between the sensory and the sensual between the physical and transcendental There's talk of desire loss absence sight movement surface names the divine and death in all its allusions A Platonist dialogic keenly aware of its rumination and walk and gait But how to talk in the black vacuity of space This is the center from which these collected poems emanate then unravel It's a voice that is remote yet immediate evasive yet strikingly elegant These are nocturnes and we are transformed through their reading as we take the night A breathtaking collection here—Desmond Kon Zhicheng Mingdé Author of The Arbitrary Sign and I Didn’t Know Mani Was A ConceptualistCover art by PD Lietz designed by Steve Asmussen.


About the Author: Raymond Gibson

Raymond Gibson graduated from the creative writing MFA program at Florida Atlantic University His verse can be found in White Stag Gravel RustMoth and HOOT His second chapbook Meridian is out now from Glass Lyre Press He currently lives in his hometown of Hollywood Florida.


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