REVIEW: The Great Fires - Jack Gilbert

I need to preface this by saying that Jack Gilbert's collected work is basically my Bible. I re-read it at least once a year, and cry often while reading it.


Title & Author: The Great Fires – Jack Gilbert

Genre: Poetry

Date finished: 11/22

Would I read it again? Yes

Would I recommend it? No

Themes or characters that resonated with me:

Emotions, thoughts, or memories it brought up:

Opinion about the author or writing style (readability, writing style, originality, personal impact, relatability, plot): It isn’t as good as the collected poems, but a few of them really made my chest ache. Always love how he writes about nature and the death/after of his wife Michiko.

Overall rating: 7/10

My biggest take away/general notes: "Finally realizing that arriving is not the same as being resident. That what we do is not what we are doing. We go into the orchard for apples. But what we carry back is the day among trees with odor, coolness, dappled light and time. The season and geese going over. Always and always with death to come, and before that the dishonor of growing old. But meanwhile the trees are heavy with ripe fruit.”

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