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chapters in the book.
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
—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