Saving the Young Men of Vienna

Saving the Young Men of Vienna

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Winner of the 1987 Brittingham Prize in Poetry.

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  • Paperback | 65 pages
  • 129 x 231.6 x 8.6mm | 159.25g
  • University of Wisconsin Press
  • WisconsinUnited States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0299112241
  • 9780299112240
  • 1,678,553

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"David Kirby's poems flash past in the most bizarre movie you'll ever see. Across the stage of this book husbands dance in bathrobes, Elvis writhes 'like a man in flames, ' and Nine Young Men of Niigata first joke, then jump off the verandah of a temple." Peter Wild"

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In 'The Peaceable Kingdom' of a David Kirby poem the framing of an identifiable voice and a strong, encompassing closure brings and blinds together the paradoxical, the funny, the sad, the messy, the precious in aesthetic concord. His pallete is brighter and braver for its inclusion of the often-scanted hues of statement, idea, vivacity of language and an interest in beings beyond the self. - from the foreword, by Mona Van Duyn.

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About David Kirby

David Kirby received his Ph.D. from John Hopkins Univesity in 1969, and at the time he won the Brittingham Prize taught at Florida State University. His previously books include: " Sarah Bernhardt's Leg," and "Diving for Poems: Where Poetry Comes From and How to Write It."

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