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From the Ashes by Wayne A. Gilbert

Master jazz Sufi poet, Wayne A. Gilbert, chronicles the loss of his mother with powerful, bittersweet honesty to create this beautiful collection of poems that is universal in its scope, transcendent in the depth of its understanding and exquisitely musical in form. (Available in our Lulu Bookstore as a Premium First Edition Chapbook or as an epub formatted e-book. It is also available for Kindle Readers directly from our Kindle Book Shelf.)

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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

To whet your appetitie, here's a video of Wayne Gilbert reading "a talk with my mom" from from the ashes at the Poets' Co-op Poetry Extravaganza at the Loveland Museum on April 14, 2012.