Robbie Gamble

Remain in the light, though it may waver.
Remain in the gentle grasp of hands you trust.
Remain open-mouthed, wide-eyed, arms spread to possibility.
Though dark oceans are rising, remain afloat.
Remain at your post: at the blackboard, on the shop floor, hand on the plough.
Remain upright, remain in motion, remain ever on course.
Remain gorgeous, remain lyrical, remain for the last encore.
Remain outraged at cruelties that gouge through our humanity.
Remain for the casualties, chant their names in the streets.
For all the barbed words that would hook you, remain thick-skinned.
Shoulder your remaining hurt and empty, bring it with you.
Foothold, slip, foothold: remain focused on ascending.
Remain calm in the belly.
Remain eye-to-eye.
Remain sane.




ROBBIE GAMBLE holds an MFA at Lesley University. When he is not trying to string words together, he works as a nurse practitioner caring for homeless people in Boston.



May 4, 2018
2018 Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Salem, MA
panel speaker: "Circling the Earth: The Poetry of Refuge and Sanctuary"

March 28, 2018
Lesley University, Cambridge, MA
panel speaker: "Poetry of Witness"

October 15th, 2017
Great Falls Word Festival, Turner's Falls, MA
reading with Naugatuck River Review poets.

September 23rd, 2017
New Hampshire Poetry Festival, Manchester, NH
panel speaker: "Poetry of Witness"

May 6th, 2017
Mass Poetry Festival, Salem, MA
panel speaker: "Writing What We See: Poets of Witness, Emerging and Established"

November 30th, 2016
Lesley University, Sherrill Library, Siegenthaler Atrium, 89 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Creative Writing Student Reading

November 22nd, 2016
UMass Boston Campus Center, 200 William T. Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester, MA 02125
reading at 'Arts for Cultural Inclusion' symposium

November 10th, 2016
Lesley University, Sherrill Library, Siegenthaler Atrium, 89 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
 Reading for poems2go project

April 14th, 2016
Feature reader at The Celler, Beverly Depot, 10 Park Street, Beverly MA, 01915

Poetry matters to me as a reader and a writer, because it creates a space for those vital conversations that take place in the strange and difficult-to-access contours of our psyches.
— Robbie Gamble