The Gatehouse Heaven, James Kimbrell
In his debut collection, James Kimbrell revisits the mysterious landscapes of childhood and returns with poems that fathom meaning yet retain a sense of awe. The title section of the book, a poignant ten-part poem first published in Poetry, portrays a son's lifelong struggle to connect with a father made absent by mental and physical illness.
Kimbrell was a recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, a "Discovery"/The Nation Award, Poetry magazine's Bess Hokin Award, a Whiting Writers' Award, and fellowships from the Ford Foundation and the NEA. His work has been included in the Bread Loaf Anthology, American Poetry, and Legitimate Dangers. He is currently the director of the creative writing program at Florida State.