In Spirits of The Ancestors, Jeanean Gibbs has folded together the past, present and future. Like a parent teaching an expectant child, she has reached up to gather the stars and constellations of our universal history and brought them close to be felt, explored and wondered at by us.
With each poem in this collection she takes us through moments that we have all experienced, but never stopped long enough to clarify and ponder. So it is with a laugh of recognition, a twinge or regret, and a throb of pain once long forgotten that we read many of these poems.
She covers the breadth of human experience, and as you read this collection, from the homages to our ancestors to the cry of modern man in a high tech society, you will find a true poet's clear and present vision of our lives.
Bravo to Jeanean, and may she continue to share her gift with us.
President, Black Women Playwrights
Spirits of the Ancestors has given new meaning to the word achievement, because in it' even the reader is able to achieve something very personal. That something begins with a greater understanding of his or her place in the world and encompasses new hopes and dreams.
To me poetry is a living thing. I think that each person experiences it differently, bringing to it an individual energy, empathy, memory or hope. It can lift you up, making your spirits soar, or bring you down to the plane of reality.
Spirits of the Ancestors is recommended reading for pleasure, for rejuvenation of the spirit, and for classes in contemporary literature, because it has a message applicable for each of these situations and more.
Jeanean, you are a truly gifted sister, and I am proud of you, more so because I can call you my friend.
Stella S. Gomes, Ph. D. Assistant Professor
Howard University School of Education