What others are saying about From the Ashes:
Mr. Gilbert builds his psalmic structures on the cracked foundations, charred timbers of post-religious, scorched earth prairie chapels. Open field, wind swept grieving with leather handed clarity. Bold views of heart truths.
~ Charles Rourke, musician, video artist, and founder of We the Beats, an in-school music and performing arts program.
This exemplary collection of verse documents a brutally raw and honest journey deep into the realm of grief. Wayne Gilbert pens with a lovely clarity memories both bitingly painful and achingly sweet. These poems, that include prayers of supplication and songs of redemption, touch the soul and serve as comfort to the brokenhearted.
~ Nancy Vaughan, M.A., LPC Bereavement Coordinator
what wayne gilbert gives us in this long breath-tightly packed short book of verse is a fresh yet ancient unifying, at times frighteningly glum, awareness of death, particularly the death of a loved one (with whom he had a complicated relationship) & its impending aftermath. weaving through these poems are the sad threads of gilbert's music & melancholia as well as his anger, angst & abundant tenderness at once unique & yet universal. what he achieves is a balance between the physical & metaphysical
~ Steve Dalachinksy, NYC jazz poet