Dobby Gibson is the author of two previous poetry collections: Skirmish, which METRO Magazine called "the finest volume of poetry to come out of Minnesota in the 21st century," and Polar, which won the Beatrice Hawley Award. His poems and prose have appeared in numerous publications, including American Poet, jubliat, the Morning News, and New England Review. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he is a creative director for an advertising agency. Find him online at www.dobbygibson.com (Author photo by Sean Smuda)
Meditative, lyrical, aphoristic, and always served with wry wit, the poems in Dobby Gibson's It Becomes You explore the divergent conditions by which we're perpetually defined—the daily weather, the fluctuations of the Dow, the growth of a cancer cell, the politics of the day. What surrounds us becomes us, Gibson suggests, in a book that will ultimately become you.
"This third outing might be [Gibson's] best .... Gibson's conversational diction and free verse line are nothing if not contemporary, but his willingness to face disappointment connects these poems less to models like Dean Young (addressed in one beautiful homage) than to late Wallace Stevens and early Mark Strand. And the volume, for all its gray tones, resignations, and off-white skies, has consolation aplenty—domestic satisfactions, witty one-liners, and the real beauties of its settings among them."