Book by Kirby, David
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In his sixth book of poetry, poet/critic Kirby (Florida State Univ.; The House of Blue Light) leaves his home in Tallahassee and makes a pilgrimage to Europe to find "the right books." The result, a freewheeling poetic travel journal that consists of three long narrative poems, reveals his spirited commitment to "this need to make the best of the one thing in my life." (The title refers to a list of great books that William Hakewill, a 17th-century bibliophile, thought essential.) Wary of fakes and show-offs in a "low-mortality paradise," Kirby tours "streets of Paris like a character in an R. Crumb comic." Mocking snooty, "sinister" people and "the bankruptcy of all ideas," Kirby paints a fast-paced, Whitmanesque picture of "a mind in motion" with a flamboyant language ("punk-ass phallocrat") and frenetic asides ("Whew! Down, boy!"). The act of reading, for Kirby, isn't entertainment; it's a "beautiful and sane love of the future." The result is itself a beautiful and sane feast of poems; for all public libraries. Frank Allen, Northampton Community Coll., Tannersville, PA
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Descripción Orchises Pr, 2001. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0914061879
Descripción Orchises Pr, 2001. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0914061879
Descripción Orchises Pr, 2001. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110914061879