The Span of a Small Forever: Poems

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4.9 X 7.9 X 0.5 inches | 0.3 pounds

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About the Author

April Gibson is a poet, essayist, and educator whose work has appeared in Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, RHINO Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Water-Stone Review, and elsewhere. Gibson is a tenure-track faculty member in the Department of English, Literature & Speech, at Malcolm X College, City Colleges of Chicago. She teaches English composition, literature, and creative writing courses. Gibson is also a writing instructor with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, where she designs and teaches creative writing workshops in state correctional facilities onsite and online. She is a native and current resident of South Side, Chicago.


"Gibson's collection is substantial; it is a debut that is not a glimmer of promising talent but the annunciation of a career"
-- Los Angeles Review of Books

"The poet April Gibson heard us when we pleaded how we needed something new. She felt the shift in the wind when we reached for something revelatory bare. The Span of a Small Forever is a book for the unsung. . . This testimony takes us to the scary basement of self-discovery. After reading, we all will become closer to the small and mighty miracles within. The Span of a Small Forever is no small book, and the poems that make up this fine collection are not small songs."
-- Derrick Harriell, author of Cotton and Ropes

"The Span of a Small Forever is the unpretentious feat of a writer with a crystalline vision. Gibson's dexterous music underscores her stories of black girlhood and womanhood from escaping church to teen pregnancy and triumph despite the medical industrial complex's failures. This collection of poems centers self-love, reclamation of this woman's power, and the highs and lows of motherhood hollered from the Southside of Chicago despite the ravages of Crohn's disease, racism, and naysayers. Gibson is a tough and tender somebody, whose pen illuminates illness and the radiance of the small beauties in everyday life."
-- Maya Marshall, author of All the Blood Involved in Love

"Gibson challenges and dispels so many stereotypes of what it means to be a Black woman, a mother, a human. . .her pen is mighty sharp, and everything in her tool bag is unafraid to be different. In reading The Span of a Small Forever I am constantly reminded of the dared beauty in A Street in Bronzeville by Gwendolyn Brooks. Each time I get lost in these poems I'm left with an experience that leaves me more in tuned to the world in language that is electric. I say thank you, poet. We been waiting on you." -- Randall Horton, author of Dead Weight: A Memoir in Essays

"What I love most about April Gibson's poetry is its breathtaking scope. The Span of a Small Forever takes us from a girlhood spent in the houses of her ancestors to teenage motherhood that blossoms behind the barred windows of an institution, and from a painful childhood marked by illness to an adult's acceptance of her changed body. In each poem, Gibson offers us the unabashed details of what it means to grow into Black womanhood . . . This is a powerful debut, and April Gibson is a singular poet."
-- Destiny O. Birdsong, author of Negotiations