The Mattress Parlor

In The Mattress Parlor, his debut collection of poetry, Colin Gilbert illuminates the interconnectedness that permeates the clutter of contemporary life in order to expose the human condition in its ever changing environment Gilbert blends powerful insights and vivid imagery with a variety of voices to highlights the complexities at play in the everyday world His broad pIn The Mattress Parlor, his debut collection of poetry, Colin Gilbert illuminates the interconnectedness that permeates the clutter of contemporary life in order to expose the human condition in its ever changing environment Gilbert blends powerful insights and vivid imagery with a variety of voices to highlights the complexities at play in the everyday world His broad perspective and keen attention to detail enable him to navigate rapid shifts between topic and scope while the sincerity of each poem strengthens the story Gilbert is composing Girls discovered cutting boards in wristswhere jealousy would grow Boysunearthed empty liquor storesfrom stomachs that would foster lust The Mattress Parlor becomes a wholly tangible enunciative space Each turn blurs lines of duality Political experience harbors humanity at its core Personal recounts feel larger than the individual Even in haunting recollections, history retains its wit A small town lives in The Mattress Parlor By positioning himself inside this place, Gilbert creates a uniquely intimate experience that extends far beyond the last line Mountain ancestors recognize my city, her face surrounding to sleep She dreams she is a forest, or a least a town proud of the skinsit has shed.
The Mattress Parlor In The Mattress Parlor his debut collection of poetry Colin Gilbert illuminates the interconnectedness that permeates the clutter of contemporary life in order to expose the human condition in its e

  • Title: The Mattress Parlor
  • Author: Colin Gilbert
  • ISBN: 9781615846
  • Page: 331
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Mattress Parlor”

    1. Colin Gilbert is definitely talented (and a really awesome person). He tackles serious topics (in this book, "smear," "Stars and Bars," "Saving Grace," and "Angry as Regret") with passion. His metaphors are brilliant (see "as if answers were conclusions"). And he can portray things with humor ("Teacher's Diary, Children's Medical Center Dallas, TX," "Exactly," and "Sack Race"). I definitely want to get my hands on more, especially some of his CDs. His performances are moving.I have been ponderin [...]

    2. This poetry book was quite the surprise! I didn't know what to expect when I first ordered The Mattress Parlor, but it ended up being quite a good read. Solid blend of beautiful imagery and poignant moments really builds into a great story. It doesn't read like a collection of bests, but an evolution/story of sorts.

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