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It Becomes You: Poems

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Dobby Gibson is the author of the poetry collection Polar (Alice James Books, 2005), which won the Beatrice Hawley Award, and Skirmish (Graywolf Press, 2009). He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


"Poems of grace and invention. . . . In Gibson's hands the lyric form becomes enlivened. This is his most generous and assured volume to date." --The Believer Poetry Award, Editors' Shortlist "The dry wit of Gibson's poetry crackles. . . . Gibson is a Minneapolis ad man, and whatever he's selling, we're buying." --Minnesota Monthly, "The Best Books and Music of the Winter" "Gibson is more than a turner of clever phrases. There is a real tenderness at the heart of his work. . . . Gibson deftly quilts witty observation with moments of lyric intensity." --Star Tribune "[Gibson's] poems remind me of Billy Collins or Mark Strand. . . . At their best, they reflect the sharp humor of Auden, who makes tight lines appear effortlessly conversational." --New Pages "This third outing might be [Gibson's] best . . . . Gibson's conversational diction and free verse line are nothing if not contemporary, but his willingness to face disappointment connects these poems less to models like Dean Young (addressed in one beautiful homage) than to late Wallace Stevens and early Mark Strand. And the volume, for all its gray tones, resignations, and off-white skies, has consolation aplenty--domestic satisfactions, witty one-liners, and the real beauties of its settings among them." --Publishers Weekly "[Gibson is] playful, mysterious, wry, humorous, sad, full bodied and adventurous. Maybe that's enough for one lifetime; yet, Gibson is also master of the soliloquy in poetry, and the dramatic monologue, shrewd with perception. . . . Full-bore language becomes poetry that you surely do not want to miss." --Washington Independent Review of Books

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