Mary Bonina wrote, “The 1970s and 80s were an exciting time for anyone interested in poetry living in Worcester.” She wrote this in an article about Chris Gilbert, who earned an MA in psychology from Clark University in 1975. Catherine Reed recalls that Gilbert chaired Worcester’s “Free People’s Poetry Workshop” for a time.
Of his poetry, Mark Doty writes: “No one else sounds quite like Christopher Gilbert… His voice feels timeless in its immediacy, and the poems startle in their almost uncanny ability to grant readers access to a mind at work.”
The Worcester Review dedicated the 2012 special section to the strong impression that Gilbert left on Worcester. You can read the introduction by the section editor Gene McCarthy at https://worcestercountypoetry.org/chris-gilbert-into-the-emerging-landscape/.
You can also learn more about Chris Gilbert at https://poets.org/poet/christopher-gilbert.