The House on Boulevard St: New and Selected Poems

The House on Boulevard St: New and Selected Poems

by David Kirby
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0807132152

ISBN-13: 9780807132159

Pub. Date: 03/28/2007

Publisher: Louisiana State University Press

The poems in The House on Boulevard St. were written within earshot of David Kirby's Old World masters, Shakespeare and Dante. From the former, Kirby takes the compositional method of organizing not only the whole book but also each separate section as a dream; from the latter, a three-part scheme that gives the book rough symmetry. Long-lined and often laugh

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The poems in The House on Boulevard St. were written within earshot of David Kirby's Old World masters, Shakespeare and Dante. From the former, Kirby takes the compositional method of organizing not only the whole book but also each separate section as a dream; from the latter, a three-part scheme that gives the book rough symmetry. Long-lined and often laugh-aloud funny, Kirby's poems are ample steamer trunks into which the poet seems to be able to put just about anything-the heated restlessness of youth, the mixed blessings of self-imposed exile, the settled pleasures of home. As the poet Philip Levine says, "the world that Kirby takes into his imagination and the one that arises from it merge to become a creation like no other, something like the world we inhabit but funnier and more full of wonder and terror. He has evolved a poetic vision that seems able to include anything, and when he lets it sweep him across the face of Europe and America, the results are astonishing."

. . . far from being harmed by lacunae and uncertainties,
poetry is actually helped by them,
so here goes: "La beauté sera convulsive ou ne sera pas,"
said André Breton, and let love too
be convulsive or let it not be at all. Chaps, let us rise above the hermit crabs
and hermits and old blind dogs, for when we invent our truest selves,
the lovers we deserve will appear.
Therefore let us learn another language. Let us set our hair on fire
and charge into battle against a numberless foe.
Let us sail upriver. Let us eat shit, drink blood, choke on pleasure.
I hear America singing; it sounds like Little Richard.
He says, When she winks an eye,
thebread slice turn to toast, and I dream of Jayne Mansfield.
He says, When she smiles, the beefsteak
become well done, and I dream of Mamie Van Doren, Cyd Charisse.

"For Men Only" published in The House on Boulevard St. by David Kirby. Copyright © 2007 by David Kirby. All rights reserved.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807132159
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Series:
Southern Messenger Poets Series
Pages:
153
Sales rank:
889,617
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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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