blackbird spring 2002 vol.1 no. 1



   The Queen of Hearts

Margaret Gibson’s latest book of poetry, One Body, is forthcoming from Louisiana State University in October, 2007.  She is the author of eight previous collections: Autumn Grasses  (2003); Icon and Evidence (2001); Earth Elegy: New and Selected Poems (1997); The Vigil: A Poem in Four Voices (1993), a finalist for the National Book Award; Out in the Open (1989); Memories of the Future: The Daybooks of Tina Modotti (1986), co-winner of the Melville Cane Award of the Poetry Society of America; Long Walks in the Afternoon (1982), winner of the Lamont Poetry Prize of the Academy of American Poets; and Signs (1979), all from Louisiana State University. She has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Grant, a Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and grants from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. Gibson lives in Preston, Connecticut, where she is at work on a memoir, from which “Queen of Hearts” is taken, about her family and her adolescence in rural Virginia and Richmond.