The Biscuit Joint

The Biscuit Joint : Poems

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 153.42 x 228.09 x 6.86mm | 122.47g
  • Baton Rouge, United States
  • English
  • 0807151076
  • 9780807151075

About David Kirby

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, and Talking about Movies with Jesus, winner of the 2011 L. E. Phillabaum Poetry Prize. 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.
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