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Meet Our September Massachusetts Poet in the Spotlight: 
Rebecca Kaiser Gibson

Highlighted by The Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference

Rebecca Kaiser Gibson's book, OPINEL is forthcoming in the fall 2015 (Bauhan Publishing) Her poems have been published in Agni, Antigonish, The Boston Phoenix, Field, The Greensboro Review, The Harvard Review, Margie, Mothering, Northwest Review, Pleiades, Salamander, Slate, The Adroit Journal, 236 Magazine, Tupelo Quarterly, Tupelo’s 30/30 project, the Taos Journal of International Poetry & Art, reprinted in an anthology called Cadence of Hooves, and featured on Verse Daily. She has previously published two chapbooks—Admit the Peacock and Inside the Exhibition. In 2008, she received the Artist Fellowship in Poetry from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. A previous resident at the MacDowell Colony and The Heinrich Boll Cottage in Ireland, in 2011 she received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach creative writing in Hyderabad, India. She teaches poetry at Tufts University. 
Poetic Profession  "To my surprise I see that in my work, I'm often hovering on a ridge between the quivering present and some imminence. I find that I'm simultaneously thrilled and troubled at that crux, and seek over and over again the balance there. "    --Rebecca Kaiser Gibson
Known Gods 

Even before the sun splashes orange
dawn on the marble floor
I hear the men outside, only their feet
in worn flip-flops, bony and dust coated,
scuffling dry earth to balance-
one at each corner of the rusty cart
full of cement that sways
gray slurry, as they navigate the bumpy road.
Long-armed, one leans away to counter
a dip, no one speaks.
I wonder if they sense some oceanic
swell in the gray cement, like waves,
the manifested sludge an avatar
of a fervent god they each attend.
Since surely all the men
must hear the bird with spiky punkish crown
that darts through yellow-blossomed
Neem leaves as the sun soaks through,
no one needs to look. Only I am startled
daily by that hoopoeing self,
its ardent yellow call.

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Massachusetts Poet in the Spotlight is a monthly installment from Mass Poetry. Each month we shine the spotlight on a poet affiliated with, and nominated by, one of our poetry partners.
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