On the Street of Divine Love: New and Selected Poems

On the Street of Divine Love: New and Selected Poems

by Barbara Hamby

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On the Street of Divine Love: New and Selected Poems by Barbara Hamby

Perhaps Paul Kareem Taylor said it best in his piece called On the Road Again: Barbara Hamby's American Odyssey: "Reading Barbara Hamby's poetry is like going on a road trip, one where the woman behind the wheel lets you ride shotgun as she speeds across the open highways of an America where drive-in movie theaters still show Janet Leigh films on Friday nights, hardware stores have not been driven out of business by soulless corporate titans, and where long poetic lines first introduced by Walt Whitman and resurrected by Ginsberg are pregnant with a thousand reasons to marvel at the world we inhabit."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822962885
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 01/30/2014
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Barbara Hamby is the author of four poetry collections, including All-Night Lingo Tango and Babel, winner of the Donald Hall Prize in Poetry. Her book of linked stories, Lester Higata's 20th Century, received the 2010 Iowa Short Fiction Award/John Simmons Award. She also coedited an anthology of poetry, Seriously Funny, with her husband David Kirby. Hamby is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Kate Tufts Award, and numerous other honors. Her poems have been widely anthologized, including The Best American Poetry 2000, 2009, and 2010. She is a Distinguished University Scholar at Florida State University, specializing in poetry and fiction.

Table of Contents

New Poems

Ode to Forgetting the Year 3

How to Pray 5

Ode to Knots, Noise, Waking Up at Three, and Falling Asleep Reading to My Id 7

Ode to Skimpy Clothes and August in the Deep South 9

Ode to Lil' Kim in Florence 10

Reading Can Kill You 11

17 Dollars 13

Ode to Red and Speedy 15

Ode to the Messiah, Thai Horror Movies, and Everything I Can't Believe 17

Ode to the Triple 19

Ode to Wasting Time and Drawing Donatello's David 21

On the Street of Divine Love 23

Ode to Augurs, Ogres, Acorns, and Two or Three Things That Have Been Eating at My Heart Like a Wolverine in a Time of Famine 25

I'm Making Walt Whitman Soup 27

Questions for My Body 29

Delirium (1995)

The Language of Bees 33

Betrothal in B Minor 35

Ova 38

Toska 40

St. Anthony of the Floating Larynx 42

St. Clare's Underwear 45

Nose 47

Delirium 49

The Alphabet of Desire (1999)

The Word 53

Thinking of Galileo 56

The Dream of the Red Drink 58

Achtung, My Princess, Good Night 62

Hatred 64

So Long, Roy 66

Trigger Tries to Explain 68

Ode on My Wasted Youth 70

Ode to Untoward Dreams 72

Ode to the Lost Luggage Warehouse at the Rome Airport 74

Babel (2004)

My Translation 81

The Mockingbird on the Buddha 83

Idolatry 84

O Deceitful Tongue 86

Vex Me 87

Fang 88

Thus Spake the Mockingbird 89

Ode to American English 90

Ode to Hardware Stores 92

Ode to Barbecue 94

Ode on Satan's Power 96

Ode to My 1977 Toyota 99

Ode on My Mother's Handwriting 101

All-Night Lingo Tango (2009)

Ode to Anglo Saxon, Film Noir, and the Hundred Thousand Anxieties That Plague Me Like Demons in a Medieval Christian Allegory 105

Working at Pam-Pam's 107

from 9 Sonnets from the Psalms 109

Ode to Airheads, Hairdos, Trains to and from Paris 111

Mambo Cadillac 113

from Lingo Sonnets 115

Ode on Dictionaries 118

Ode on My 45s, Insomnia, and My Poststructuralist Superego 120

Ode on the Letter M 122

Acknowledgments 125

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