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    Talking about Movies with Jesus: Poems (Southern Messenger Poets) (Paperback) By (author) David Kirby

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    DescriptionCelebrated poet David Kirby says that when he was a boy he wanted to run away and join the circus but never found one he liked, so he invented his own. Many of the poems in his dazzling new collection, Talking about Movies with Jesus, suggest his personal carnival is still a work in progress.Much like a traveling circus, Kirby's poems are defined equally by their transient nature and by their destination. The poem "The Phantom Empire" -- which features Gene Autry repeatedly having to escape from a fictional city 20,000 feet underground in order to make it back home in time to voice his afternoon radio show -- suggests that Kirby has discovered the journey to what one is after is often more entertaining than getting it.Yet, in frenetic musings on Bo Diddley, a certain First Lady ("Skinny-Dipping with Pat Nixon"), Kirk Douglas, and Gerald Stern, Kirby notes the importance of arrival. Earnest conversations with cultural icons from Little Richard to Jesus reveal to the poet, as a character in his own story, that art, whether a song or poem or scripture, is all we here on earth know of heaven and all we need to know.Kirby's latest work is at once the caravan, the carnival, and the crowd merging together to form a wondrous collection.


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    Title
    Talking about Movies with Jesus
    Subtitle
    Poems
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Kirby
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 70
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 5 mm
    Weight: 23 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780807137727
    ISBN 10: 0807137723
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.1
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DCF
    DC21: 811.54
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: PO
    Libri: I-PO
    DC22: 811.54
    B&T General Subject: 640
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 90
    DC22: 811/.54
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: POE000000, POE005010
    LC classification: PS3561.I66 T36 2011
    Thema V1.0: DC
    Publisher
    Louisiana State University Press
    Imprint name
    Louisiana State University Press
    Publication date
    02 February 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Baton Rouge
    Author Information
    David Kirby is the author of numerous books, including The House on Boulevard St.: New and Selected Poems, a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award. The Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English at Florida State University, he is a recipient of National Endowment of the Arts and Guggenheim fellowships, among other honors. He and his wife, poet Barbara Hamby, live in Tallahassee.