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Diary of a Mad Poet

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Robin Gabbert’s new book of poems, Diary of a Mad Poet— her first published book—comes out of pain and loss, fire and cancer, but they are also poems of healing and joy, family ties and friendships. Some take place in the far away past, others in the near present. Some experiment with form and the arrangement of words on the page. In one poem the author asks “Has God deserted you?/ Was he ever there to?” All together, Gabbert’s individual poems add up to a portrait of a life lived fully. They offer hope to readers like the author herself who have come through troubles and who delights in the powers of memory and the rigors of the English language.
—Jonah Raskin—Author of six poetry chapbooks, including Rock ‘n’ Roll Women

The poems in the Diary of a Mad Poet almost span a lifetime. Robin Gabbert’s voice is vivid and authentic. “A heart already explodes. It bursts with love. With branches reaching in every direction, invisible, yet supporting many.” This collection of poems is honest and tender and … so is the poet.
—Les Bernstein—Author of Borderland, Naked Little Creatures and Amid the Din

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