WBEZ | Reginald Gibbons http://www.wbez.org/tags/reginald-gibbons Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en When nature and McCormick Place collide http://www.wbez.org/content/when-nature-and-mccormick-place-collide <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-July/2011-07-15/McCormick-Place-2_Flickr_Eric-Alix-Rogers.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-15/McCormick-Place-2_Flickr_Eric-Alix-Rogers.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 333px; margin: 5px;" title="(Flickr/Eric Alix Rogers)"></p><p>In Reginald Gibbons’ poem “Avian Time,” an unnamed Chicago convention center along the lake stands mammoth and monolithic: a shock in the landscape and an obstacle to migratory birds. His description of what one can only assume is McCormick Place is one of many city vignettes from his collection of Chicago poems and stories, <em>Slow Trains Overhead</em>.</p><p>Gibbons teaches at Northwestern University and his poetic images are familiar to anyone who’s spent time in Chicago. He chronicles the “handsome and ugly brick buildings,” the way moonlight “angles through the east-west streets,” and “the erratic waves – not of the lake but of noise.”</p><p>“Avian Time,” then, is a strange but beautiful ode to a utilitarian landmark, one that creates a jarring juxtaposition of the man-made and the natural:</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;"><em>Are these particular birds blown off course by winds, and do they return<br> in starlight or dimness before dawn or under dark clouds toward shore,<br> making for the large bulk they might perceive as forest?</em></p><p>You can hear Gibbons read “Avian Time” in the audio above.</p><p><a href="../../series/dynamic-range">Dynamic Range</a> showcases hidden gems unearthed from <em>Chicago Amplified’s</em> vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. Reginald Gibbons spoke to the <a href="http://www.midlandauthors.com/">Society of Midland Authors</a> in April. Click <a href="../poetry-and-prose-reginald-gibbons-and-cornelia-maude-spelman-86931">here</a> to hear the event in its entirety.</p></p> Fri, 15 Jul 2011 18:44:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/content/when-nature-and-mccormick-place-collide Poet Reginald Gibbons creates a portrait of life in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-11/poet-reginald-gibbons-creates-portrait-life-chicago-85015 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-11/Reginald Gibbons Flickr Menage a Moi.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago has no shortage of writers who’ve excelled at capturing the city’s special charms. Nelson Algren, Gwendolyn Brooks, Alex Kotlowitz - their work can make any effort to portray the city from a fresh perspective, a daunting one. But in his recent collection, poet <a href="http://reginaldgibbons.northwestern.edu/" target="_blank">Reginald Gibbons</a> is up to the task.<br> <br> Gibbons combines personal memories, with his observations of Chicago’s street life, to develop a distinct portrait of the city. <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> revisited a 2010 conversation with Gibbons. He kicked things off with a sample of his writing.<br> <br> On Tuesday he’ll be speaking about his recent book, <a href="http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/S/bo8627894.html" target="_blank"><em>Slow Trains Overhead: Chicago Poems and Stories</em></a>, at <a href="http://www.cliff-chicago.org/" target="_blank">The Cliff Dwellers Club</a> on S. Michigan in Chicago. It’s hosted by <a href="http://www.midlandauthors.com/#" target="_blank">the Society of Midland Authors</a>.</p><p><em>Music Button: Igor Boxx, "Russian Percussion," from the CD Breslau, (Ninja Tune)</em></p></p> Mon, 11 Apr 2011 13:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-11/poet-reginald-gibbons-creates-portrait-life-chicago-85015