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The Biscuit Joint

Poems

David Kirby

Publication Year: 2013

Praise for David Kirby

"Kirby is exuberant, irrepressible, maniacal and remarkably entertaining.... Okay, let me just say it: he is a wonderful poet." -- Steve Kowit, San Diego Union-Tribune

"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, Booklist

"[Kirby] is a poet who peels away the layers of our skin to show us who we are: our weaknesses, our strengths, and our hilarious obsessions." -- Micah Zevin, New Pages

"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." -- Philip Levine, Ploughshares

"These poems may be too cool for words." -- Carol Muske-Dukes, New York Times Book Review

Inspired by the carpenter's biscuit joint -- a seamless, undetectable fit between pieces of wood -- David Kirby's latest collection dramatizes the artistic mind as a hidden connection that links the mundane with the remarkable. Even in our most ordinary actions, Kirby shows, there lies a wealth of creative inspiration: "the poem that is written every day if we're there / to read it."

Well known for his garrulous and comic musings, Kirby follows a wandering yet calculated path. In "What's the Plan, Artists?" a girl's yawning in a picture gallery leads him to meditations on subjects as diverse as musical composition, the less-than-beautiful human figure, and "the simple pleasures / of living." The Biscuit Joint traverses seemingly random thoughts so methodically that the journey from beginning to end always proves satisfying and surprising.

Published by: Louisiana State University Press

Cover

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p. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

Why I Don’t Drink Before Poetry Readings

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pp. 1-4

East of the Sun, West of the Moon

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pp. 5-7

Psychodynamic Electrohelmet

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pp. 8-9

The Voice in the Other Room

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pp. 10-11

What’s the Plan, Artists?

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pp. 12-15

Ten Thousand Hours with You

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pp. 16-18

I ♥ Hot Moms

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pp. 19-22

Backwards Man

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pp. 23-25

Roy G. Biv

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pp. 26-27

Senior Coffee

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pp. 28-29

Almost Happy

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pp. 30-31

My Favorite Foreign Language

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pp. 32-43

Baby Handle

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pp. 33-38

Ode to My Hands

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pp. 39-40

Breathless

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pp. 41-42

To Everyone Who Has Died Since I Was Born

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pp. 43-44

Siberia

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pp. 45-47

If Any Man Have an Ear, Let Him Listen

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pp. 48-50

Horrible Things May Be True

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pp. 51-52

Notes

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pp. 53-54


E-ISBN-13: 9780807151082
Print-ISBN-13: 9780807151075

Page Count: 64
Publication Year: 2013

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