Death of a Ventriloquist

by Gibson Fay-LeBlanc

"Whether he's overhearing a conversation in a tavern or the music stuck in his head, Fay-LeBlanc uses his ventriloquist to raise important questions about how we perform ourselves through language. The tension that permeates his poetry-what is seen and unseen, said and eavesdropped, true and trickery-culminates in a debut that rings out long after Fay-LeBlanc's lips stop moving."

-Publishers Weekly starred review

Gibson Fay-LeBlanc is a writer and teacher. His first collection of poems, Death of a Ventriloquist, was chosen by Lisa Russ Spaar for the Vassar Miller Prize and published by the University of North Texas Press in 2012.

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Death of a Ventriloquist

What drives the poems in this wonderfully animated debut volume and prompts the reader's pleasure in them is the patent honesty of the poet's voice. In the 'ventriloquist' series itself, Fay-LeBlanc creates a remarkable refracted self-portrait, bristling with moments of unabashed illumination."

-Eamon Grennan (Out of Sight: New & Selected Poems; Matter of Fact; Still Life with Waterfall)

"In the words of visual artist Paul Klee, 'art doesn't reproduce what we can see, it makes it visible.' The turf of these poems is a 'vision country' in which our narrator / ventriloquist makes visible (and audible) the world to which he restlessly attends."

-Lisa Russ Spaar, (Satin Cash; Blue Venus)

"Gibson Fay-LeBlanc is a new poet with an old voice. The ventriloquist here throws his own voice while sitting on his own knee, speaking for, but not to, himself, making magic in (and of) plain sight."

-Brenda Shaughnessy (Human Dark with Sugar; Interior with Sudden Joy)