Posted by: Mark Nielsen | November 12, 2013

“A Brief for the Defense”: Jack Gilbert’s Great Theodicy Poem

“A Brief for the Defense”: Jack Gilbert’s Great Theodicy Poem.

Thanks go out to Rachel for putting me onto this poet and this poem.

It appears I may have a new major character for my work-in-progress crime novel about Beat poets and jazz players. Gilbert was there, hanging around with Ginsburg, Kerouac, Diane DiPrima. And this poem is a haunting parallel to Eleventy Se7en Reasons for Thanks, one of my own. I wouldn’t be surprised if I read the Gilbert piece 20 years ago, forgot it, and then suddenly stole from him subconsciously this week in composing my own.


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