Robert Gibb (poet)

Robert Gibb (Poet)

Robert Gibb (poet)

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Robert Gibb (born 5 September 1946) is an American poet. Gibb won the 1997 National Poetry Series Open Competition for The Origins of Evening. It, along with his next two books, comprise what Gibb calls The Homestead Trilogy, a nearly 100-poem cycle probing the fading industrial history and culture of America's Steel City.


He was born to a family of steelworkers in Homestead, Pennsylvania, a mill town six miles south of downtown Pittsburgh along the Monongahela River. The town was home to Andrew Carnegie's famous Homestead Steel Works and site of the infamous Homestead Strike.

Gibb earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Kutztown University in 1971, a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1974, and his Master of Arts and Ph.D. at Lehigh University in 1976 and 1986 respectively.


  • The Origins of Evening, poetry (New York: W. W. Norton, 1998)
  • Momentary Days, poetry (Camden: Walt Whitman Center, 1989)
  • Entering Time, Barnwood Press, poetry (Daleville: Barnwood Press, 1986)
  • The Winter House, poetry (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1984)
  • The Names of the Earth in Summer, poetry (Menemsha: Stone Country, 1983)
  • The Margins, poetry (Menemsha: White Bear Books, 1979)



<blockquote>Move over, John Edgar Wideman. Poet Robert Gibb's "The Homestead Trilogy," now completed, takes its place alongside "The Homewood Trilogy" in the canon of...
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