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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ken Gilbert  

Pen Name: jacob erin-cilberto

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Bronx, NY

-- Ken Gilbert on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Ken now lives in Carbondale, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ken Gilbert is a poet whose poem "Splash" is a Pushcart nominee. Ken has been writing poetry for 40 years and his work has been published in numerous small magazines and journals. He teaches English composition and literature at John A. Logan and Shawnee community colleges, and also teaches poetry workshops for Heartland Writers Guild, as well as SIWG. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2006 and 2007. Ken uses the name of his grandfather as his 'pen' name.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

An Abstract Waltz
ISBN: 0981584616

Water Forest Press. 2009

For those who enjoy experimental poetry that is energetic in tone with a political comment, then "An Abstract Waltz" by jacob erin-cilberto is the book for you. "An Abstract Waltz" travels with the reader through a versatile selection of poetry from "The Monarch Turns Blue" where erin-cilberto nostalgically reflects on his youth, "if only we could go back,/but the 60s have been crushed/like caterpillars crossing the road in an autumn morn." In "A Challenged Artist" the reader sees a political slant, fall - oh yes, a middle class leaf tumbling to the ground/to be burned in the pile and forgotten." Erin-cilberto is a poet who is not shy about taking a chance in the variety of his writings which makes "An Abstract Waltz" authentic. As a lover of poetry, notably a versatile selection of poems, this a volume of work to keep on the bookshelf. An Abstract Waltz" is a 120 page paperback book containing 85 poems previously published in small magazines and journals. It is a "best of" containing poems of various topics and styles. The book also contains the Pushcart Nominated poems "Bucket Seats and the Road Behind Us" and "Exploiting the Children" nominated in 2007 and 2008 packaged inside laminated color covers.

Used Lanterns
ISBN: 0984957316

Water Forest Press. 2012

Used Lanterns is a 140 page book containing 71 poems that cover topics ranging from growing up with a Catholic background, to reflections of adolescent love, visions of America and heading toward the twilight years but still having a heart that beats with the hope of rejuvenating love.

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