The House on Boulevard St: New and Selected Poems

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Editorial Reviews

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Loose, loopy, long-lined, and sometimes decidedly droll, Kirby's poetry reads like the outrageous monolog of a particularly chatty and entertaining friend-but it's much more illuminating. A distinctive look at contemporary life.


—Barbara Hoffert
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807132159
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Series: Southern Messenger Poets Series
  • Pages: 153
  • Sales rank: 852,580
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David Kirby

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.

LSU Press

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.

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Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Stairway to Heaven     1
I
"Fair Creatures of an Hour"     7
At the Grave of Harold Goldstein     10
Twist and Shout     14
The Afterlife     19
Dear Derrida     25
The Fugawi     30
The Crab Nebula     33
The Ghost of Henry James     37
Meetings with Remarkable Men     42
Van Diemen's Land     45
Strip Poker     47
The House on Boulevard St.     50
II
Heat Lightning     57
Roman Polanski's Cookies     61
My Dead Dad     64
On My Mother's Blindness     67
The Search for Baby Combover     69
The Elephant of the Sea     74
A Fine Frenzy     76
Seventeen Ways from Tuesday     78
The Exorcist of Notre-Dame     81
The Desperate Hours     84
The Little Sisters of the Sacred Heart     87
Americans in Italy     89
The Laughter of Pigs     93
The Beauty Trap     95
The Hand of Fatima     99
The Winter Dance Party     104
III
For Men Only     111
The House of Blue Light     115
Listening to John Crowe Ransom Read His Poetry     119
I Think Satan Done It     123
I Think Stan Done It     127
Occupation: Hero     131
Everything You Do Is Wrong     135
My Brother the Jew     137
Teacher of the Year     140
Dead Girl Takes Packet Boat to Provincetown     142
Calling Robert Bly     146
Borges at the Northside Rotary     149
Notes     153
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