The Portland Phoenix notes that, “In the unflinching gaze and good faith of Fay-LeBlanc’s volume, owning a voice also means owning silence and ambiguity — owning not just the perfect words, but what sometimes waits unrealized, both in the mouth and somewhere just beyond.”
Mead: The Magazine of Literature & Libations ends their review with this: “In Fay-LeBlanc’s first collection, he has pulled off a masterful show, placing the act of making in the center of the spotlight, yet, at the same time, keeping the mystery of it alive.”
For more information or to order a copy, go to DeathofaVentriloquist.com.
Here are some sample poems:
- Oakland Work Crew
- Rider Unhorsed
- How to Make Fatherhood Lyrical
- More Matter, Less Art
- On Leaving Home
- Ventriloquist on the Moor
- Ventriloquist on an Off Day
- Proof #4
- Explanation Beginning with a River
- Visiting Chicago
You can also hear Gibson reading his poems at From the Fishouse, an online audio archive of work by emerging poets.
Broadsided Press featured Gibson’s “Hockey Poem” in December 2013.