Flora, Joseph M., Amber Vogel, and Bryan Albin Giemza, eds. Southern Writers: A New Biographical Dictionary. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2006. Offers a biographical sketch of Gibson and a comprehensive list of published works.
Gatta, John. Making Nature Sacred: Literature, Religion, and Environment in America from Puritans to the Present. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. Explains how natural landscapes have inspired poets, authors, and key historical figures—from Native Americans and colonist Anne Bradstreet to naturalist John Muir and contemporary environmental authors. Tells how nature-inspired writings have shaped American cultural history and religious traditions.
Gibson, Margaret. The Prodigal Daughter: Reclaiming an Unfinished Childhood. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2008. Gibson describes growing up inquisitive and different in post-World War II America, in a city that valued tradition and gentility more than change.
Hamilton, David. “Light on the Body.” Review of One Body. Iowa Review 38, no. 1 (Spring, 2008): 188-192. Hamilton describes the book as an “inventory of loss in four parts.” Contains a brief analysis of “Cooking Supper While My Sister Dies.”
McNeice, Ray, and Larry Smith, eds. American Zen: A Gathering of Poets. Huron, Ohio: Bottom Dog Press, 2009. This anthology brings together the work of thirty Americans writing in the spirit of Zen Buddhism. The collection includes at least five poems by each poet, along with a biographical sketch, photograph, and individual statement about Zen and poetry. Poets Gibson, Jane Hirschfield, and Tess Gallagher are included.
Townsend, Alison. Review of Earth Elegy. Women’s Review of Books 15, no. 4 (January, 1998): 18-19. Illustrates how Gibson’s poetry has changed over twenty-five years, arguing that the urgency of her early work has given way to greater stillness and acceptance.
Wagoner, David, and David Lehman, eds. The Best American Poetry, 2009. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2009. An anthology that showcases seventy-five selected poems, including Gibson’s “Black Snake.” Reveals how freedom and violence have become prevalent issues in American poetry since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.