The French Exit, Elisa Gabbert

The French Exit

Elisa Gabbert

Publisher: Birds, LLC
PubDate: 4/1/2010
ISBN: 9780982617717
Price: $12.00
Quantity Available: 29
Pages: 69
SKU #: G16G

Poetry. "What a complex and lovely book this is! Reading Elisa Gabbert's obsessively interior, technically rigorous poems is like listening in on the thoughts of a mind so fiercely observant and subtle that I find in them always some new twist, some surprising layer I hadn't noticed before. By turns moving and witty, sharp-eyed and impressionistic, Gabbert writes with technical sophistication and keen intelligence. This is a terrific book."—Kevin Prufer

Author City: DENVER, CO USA

Elisa Gabbert is the author of THE SELF UNSTABLE (Black Ocean, 2013), THE FRENCH EXIT (Birds, LLC, 2010) and the chapbooks Thanks for Sending the Engine (Kitchen Press, 2207) and, with Kathleen Rooney, That Tiny Insane Voluptuousness (Otoliths, 2008), a collaborative collection. 

Reviews and Other Links
author blog
Ben Mirov in BOMBLog
interview with Elizabeth Hildreth @ Bookslut
Mark Wallace @ Thinking Again
Simeon Berry @ Gently Read Literature
Virginia Konchan @ The Rumpus
Timothy Bradford @ H_NGM_N
Kristina Marie Darling @ Galatea Resurrects
Ali Shapiro @ MAKE

“It’s a pleasure to listen to the opinions of the narrator of THE FRENCH EXIT. Clear-eyed imagery and wit control the anxiety: ‘[A] boy at the counter disappears / or I can see through him.’ Likewise, in a fine prose poem: ‘Do not be afraid of angering the birds. What angers the birds is fear.’ The energy throughout Gabbert’s collection has the clip of the French exit itself—allons-y!—self-aware, self-sufficient, in control, in touch.”
—Caroline Knox

“Elisa Gabbert’s bold, confident, and unwavering poems pack a punch with every ending. They careen, dip and reverse. ‘It wants to keep / running forever, but / it can’t stop stopping,’ she writes. Just when I think I want one of Gabbert’s poems to go on forever, it screeches to a halt, but it is the perfect halt. This is not easy to do, but Gabbert has mastered the art of making a poem.”
—Noelle Kocot

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