She Leaves Me Small Gifts: A Few Love Poems
Street: 2011

Cohesive and composed, read aloud by a deep, sensual male voice, and accompanied by simple and unobtrusive classic piano and guitar melodies, this collection of poems tells a story of the experience of relationship. Sometimes weird and super personal as poetry and art tend to be, it would nevertheless (or perhaps more so) be a fun CD to put on in the background of a party to see if anyone noticed. Things might start getting a li’l freaky because, as I said, we’ve got a deep, sensual male voice describing various aspects of a relationship, including passages such as my personal favorite, “someone is desperately fucking in the room next door …” on Track 9. You never even knew you were into poetry until this CD became your album to fuck by. I started wondering if that deep hum of a voice was enough vibration to, well, I think you get the idea. Stick it in to get off, I say.

A selection of poems by Salt Lake City Poet Christopher Leibow

 ” Genuine love is always happy, whether requited or not. It is happy because it makes the person who loves feel alive. And that is happiness. Because we keep sinking into death, we drown in it. We come up to the surface, get a gulp of air, and submerge in the water again. But when we love, it is as if we came to the surface, turned on our back, and were breathing and breathing some more… And the sun keeps on shining… And sea keeps holding us afloat… Even if you are not loved in return.”





“Christopher Leibow’s poems are like lessons in loving. Perhaps they ought to be required for all would be ‘lovers’”

Buffalo 47

As Kundera wrote, “When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object.” The poet Christopher Leibow is in love. The series of lyric loveliness here is infinite, all so crisply defined. And then set free. The phrasing does not just work here, it plays.

Joe Ivory Mattingly What is Poetry Now 2010


“christopher leibow is among the poets that make us see the cracks in the American culture. He, unconditionally, shares with us his enormous capacity for compassion and love in his poems. c.a. Leibow brings back news of what the world is.”

Hector Ahumada author of  Earth and Air Poems and The Highland Travelers/Los VIajeros del Altiplano.

On haiku

” A haiku must be very simple and free of all poetic trickery and make a little picture and yet be as airy and graceful as a Vivaldi pastorale”, wrote Jack Kerouac and that is exactly what c.a. leibow accomplishes with his refreshingly simple and accessible poems that jog the imagination. His poems are simple, sweet, and accomplish exactly what Kerouac theorized-paint a tiny picture in one’s psyche.”

Hattie MacLeod, City Weekly 2010


10 Comments Add yours

  1. polisny says:

    Hi Chris. I have visited a few of your poems and found each to contain at least one or so very well-put similes. One or so very interesting descriptions or phrases. Titles or thereof. Similes that are too good to be true in terms of even the refined writer, (and thus magical to the average person). Classic similes that were loudly silent. I wonder, as I read your explanation of your blog role, what or how you exuberate such writing by the idea of ‘first thought, last thought’. You mentioned instead of being writing, that it was more of a psycological device. Thus, I ask if you might expound on that a bit so as to help me out in understanding just exactly how one goes about the process?
    Obviously, I would like to know how to get out of my own head such waterfalling imagery, but more precisely, I would very much like to know more on this thought process of which you speak.

    Would you care to elaborate?

  2. Love your writing man,
    fuck that,
    love your brain.
    Thanks for thinking.

  3. thoughts free
    penned as they come
    without chains of any current, pre or after conceptions
    mind open
    void ‘speaks’

  4. Shannon Ellexson says:

    I am blown away by your ability to write. You have touched me in many ways. I can’t wait to hear more.
    Thank you-Shannon

  5. kikischeuer says:

    Hi there! I have really enjoyed your blog, and have nominated you for the ‘A Lovely Blog Award’. http://kmscheuer.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/wow-for-me-one-lovely-blog-award/
    Keep up the fantastic writing!! 🙂

  6. Rise above says:

    Glad I stumbled upon your work, absolutely inspiring stuff to this humble writer.

    1. Thank you so much, I have not written a lot lately. It’s nice to know there are some reading it

      1. Rise above says:

        I’ve been there, it comes back

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