Other literary forms
Although primarily known as a poet, Margaret Gibson has written a memoir, The Prodigal Daughter: Reclaiming an Unfinished Childhood (2008). Segments of this work previously appeared in literary magazines such as Creative Nonfiction, Blackbird, Southern Review, and Image. Framed by initial and final chapters about homecoming and reconciliation, this memoir traces Gibson’s youth and schooldays in sedate, west-end Richmond, Virginia, during the 1950’s and 1960’s. It portrays the inner workings of a conventional urban family, which includes Gibson’s difficult sister, withdrawn father, and pious and staunchly southern mother. Critics have praised the memoir for its poetic language and vivid evocation of a particular time and place, as well for insights on social pressures and race relations. With writer and poet Richard McCann, Gibson coedited Landscape and Distance: Contemporary Poets from Virginia (1975).