The Palace of Flowers by Gerry Grubbs


These are love poems. Pure and simple. Love for a woman, love for the universe. For that glowing thing which is life.


  • Kind: Perfectbound
  • Pages: 90
  • Language: English
  • Date Published: June, 2016
  • ISBN: 978-1-939929-57-0


“…(these poems) release the human heart to connect with the universe’s numinous energy…these compositions…convey the reader to a heliopause of sorts on the edge of the unknown. Then things get really interesting.… Shed whatever hubris you bring with you and wonder what comes next. You won’t be disappointed.…” – Dennis Daly, The Boston Area Small Press & Poetry Scene

Cincinnati native, Gerry Grubbs, poet Laureate of the Olympic Garage, brings a second volume of work in ‘Palaces of the Night’. He ponders the vastness of the universe and what it factors into as a whole. ‘Palaces of the Night’ is a fine read that should be given some consideration. “ Restless/ I rise/ to keep/ From waking you// The wind itself/ Wanders in the trees// Night is a deep pocket/ Full of lint and scraps of paper//and I wander / From room to room.” – Midwest Book Review, Small Press Bookwatch, 9/2011

Gerry Grubbs’ poems are of making and unmaking, of loss and recovery, of absence and presence, of all that abides and all that does not.  They are open, honest, and direct, with a metaphoric power that takes us into the mysterious heart of things.  Grubbs writes about family, about nature, about love.  But his deepest subject is the ineffable, which casts its shadow upon his words, “Leaving us wondering / What has been lost / And how its absence / Effects everything that follows.” – Norman Finkelstein


Notice how
People sit circling a fire
Like watching lovers in
A mad dance
The wood
And the flame
Coming closer
Until nothing
Is left to burn


Gerry GrubbsGerry Grubbs is an attorney who practices law in Cincinnati. He has had poems appear in numerous literary magazines and reviews. This is his fourth collection from Dos Madres Press, his last collection, The Hive is a Book We Read for its Honey, was a finalist for the Ohioana Library poetry book of the year, 2015. He has been conducting workshops under the names of “Wordshop” and “Bringing more creativity to your practice through the practice of creativity”.

Additional information

Weight 8 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × .25 in