“Aliveness is Gary Gildner’s striking quality,” Crystal McLean writes in the magazine New Letters, and thise selection of Gary Gildner’s previously published poems, plus eighteen new poems, demonstrates the aptness of that perception. Accessible and eminently readable, the poems in Blue Like the Heavens also possess great emotional depth. Readers who complain about the obscurity of contemporary American poetry will delight in this book.
Never obscure or self-consciously 'poetical,' and very often amusing, Gildner's lines are sure to provide multiple shocks (and laughs) of recognition, as he retraces choice patches all over the American scene. . . . Both the author and his subjects are fine people to spend some time with.
Gary Gildner has published eight books of poetry and is a frequent contributor to such publications as the Paris Review, the Georgia Review, and the Nation. Among the many awards Gildner has received for his poetry and short stories are the Robert Frost Fellowship from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, two National Endowment Fellowships, five Yaddo Fellowships, the MacDowell Colony Fellow, and the William Carlos Williams Prize.