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Product Details

  • Series: Southern Messenger Poets
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press; Second Edition edition (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807132152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807132159
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #646,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kirby has always been funny, but whereas his earlier poems (see I Think I Am Going to Call My Wife Paraguay, 2004) are in short, punchy lines appropriate to their wit, the later ones consist of relatively long-lined paragraphs. Kirby has made the latter distinctively his form by mastering the run-on sentence more completely than any other American poet. Sure, Beats such as Ginsberg and Snyder run on like crazy, but the principle of their verse is projection; the poet propels consciousness to ever further levels or degrees of reality, taking readers on a spiritual trip, and syntactic sense be damned. Kirby runs on considerably less cosmicly, like a good raconteur (which he is), one whom you can't not listen to; his peers are prose writers--Mark Twain, James Joyce, Flann O'Brien, and Stephen King. Kirby's voice and matter (teaching, literature, traveling, rock 'n' roll, everyday bozohood) are utterly personal and, despite all the laughter, ultimately moving. Ray Olson
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About the Author

The Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English at Florida State University, David Kirby is the author of numerous books, including the poetry collections The Ha-Ha and The House of Blue Light. He is a recipient of the Brittingham Prize in Poetry and a Guggenheim fellowship, among other honors. He and his wife, poet Barbara Hamby, live in Tallahassee. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By solardeity on December 6, 2007
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This is my favorite book of poetry because it is literate, funny, and most important of all, accessible. In general, I'm not a fan of poetry. But Kirby makes it addicting and enjoyable and even sometimes laugh out loud funny. Worth every penny. Highly recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel H. Potter on November 6, 2007
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I am not familiar with David Kirby's other works but I soon will be - nor have I encountered his style of writing that blends narrative story telling with poetic sensibilities. I feel as if I have discovered a new art form and a way of seeing the world that is colored with insight and whimsy - My Dead Dad is a great example: child like imagination with grown-up introspection. Thanks David Kirby!
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By Penguin on September 15, 2008
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At the beginning of each poem, I wondered the purpose of the prose. It seemed to go nowhere, and it seemed like I was listening to an incoherent senile person. But at the end of each poem, the situations come together beautifully and every time, Kirby proves that instances that seem quite unrelated are actually deeply interconnected as part of the human experience.
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