SLUG MAGAZINE REVIEW OF
She Leaves Me Small Gifts: A Few Love Poems
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’”
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.
” 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