Robert Gibbs

Born in Saint John in 1930, Robert Gibbs was a younger contemporary of the Fiddlehead group of poets (the Bliss Carman Society) who assembled in Fredericton under the mentorship of A.G. Bailey. A student at UNB in 1947, he started contributing to The Fiddlehead in 1950 and later joined the magazine’s editorial board when he became a professor of English at UNB in 1963. Gibbs is unusual in being skilled in two literary forms, poetry and prose. A very accomplished and disciplined modernist poet, the genre for which he is primarily known, he also wrote novels and light-hearted short stories that delighted readers with their warmth and humour. His “Hutchie and Pompman” stories follow the exploits of two adolescent orphans as they make their way through New Brunswick’s strange world of religion and personalities. Gibbs’s equal facility with poetry and prose enabled him to offer valuable advice to the students and apprentice writers who came to him for help, such as David Adams Richards. He was a generous and selfless teacher whose foremost interest was the achievement of others, a fact that accounts for him being relatively unknown to readers.

For the full Author Page on Gibbs, click here.


The linked Author Page contains the poems "A Kind of Wakefulness," "Who Asked Me to Be a Reader of Entrails?," "Conservation Procedures," and "The Death of My Father."