The House on Boulevard St

Author: David Kirby
Publisher: LSU Press
ISBN: 0807132144
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Features poems by David Kirby, done in a three-part scheme as the author puts everything together from youth to mixed blessings.

Poetry 180

Author: Billy Collins
Publisher: Random House Trade
ISBN: 0812968875
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Billy Collins compiles 180 poems, one for each day of the school year, for high school students to read so that they might learn the value of poetry in their daily lives.

The Ha ha

Author: David Kirby
Publisher: LSU Press
ISBN: 9780807128947
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A feature of English landscape architecture, a ha-ha is a wall at the bottom of a ditch; its purpose is to allow the presence of cows and sheep on one's lawn, but at an agreeable distance and with none of the malodorous unsightliness that proximity would bring. Similarly, The Ha-Ha, the latest offering from poet David Kirby, is both an exploration of the ways in which the mind invites chaos yet keeps it at a distance and an apologia for humor, reflecting Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh's observation that tragedy is merely underdeveloped comedy. Embracing wit, wide-ranging scholarship, and an equal love of travel as well as the pleasures of home, The Ha-Ha depicts comedy as a radical form of intelligence, a way of thinking that just happens to be noisy and rumbustious. We are staying with Barbara's parents on Oahu, and the first night we're there, I notice an angry-looking man is staring at me out of the neighbor's upstairs window and mumbling something, but the second night I realize that it's that poster of Bo Diddley from the famous Port Arthur concert, and there's a phone wirein front of his face that bobs up and down when the trade winds blow, which they do constantly, making it seem as though Mr. Diddley is saying something to me. From "The Ha-Ha, Part I: The Tao of Bo Diddley" published in The Ha-Ha: Poems by David Kirby. Copyright © 2003 by David Kirby. All rights reserved. - See more at: http://lsupress.org/books/detail/the-ha-ha/#sthash.g8vUSeuN.dpuf

Secure the Shadow

Author: Claudia Emerson
Publisher: LSU Press
ISBN: 0807143030
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Daringly realistic and artfully mediated by past and present, Claudia Emerson's Secure the Shadow contains historical pieces as well as poems centering on the deaths of the poet's brother and father. Emerson covers all aspects of the tragedies that, as Keats believed, contribute to our human collective of Soul-making, in which each death accrues into an immortal web of ongoing love and meaning for the living. Emerson's unwavering gaze shows that loss cannot be eluded, but can be embraced in elegies as devastating as they are beautiful. The macabre title poem refers to the old custom of making daguerreotypes, primitive photographs, of deceased loved ones. Other striking poems describe animal deaths -- mysterious calf killings, a hog slaughter, the burial of a dead jay, "identifiable / but light, dry, its eyes vacant orbits." Death, as the speaker's heart and mind instruct her, exists in a shadow world. When the body disappears, the shadow also flees. By securing the shadow, the poet finds a representation of the dead's soul, a soul always linked to the body. Hence, Emerson's attention to the minute details of the body's repose -- reflected in the long, related sequence of refrained poems -- never allows its memory to fade.

The Infinity Sessions

Author: T. R. Hummer
Publisher: LSU Press
ISBN: 9780807130551
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In The Infinity Sessions, T. R. Hummer achieves a radical act of translation, creating poems that project the narrative of twentieth century America implicit in the syncopated rhythms of jazz and blues. Hummer boldly stands up as a poet and rides with some of the obscure greats with whom he feels a deep kinship--Jimmie Lunceford, Adrian Rollini, Big Maybelle Smith, and Sun Ra--in a dazzling poetic cycle as melodic, surprising, and improvisational as the finest of jazz music. His vaultingly ambitious collection is a work of grace and nuance, its conveyance of music in words incisively original in achieving this "impossible" translation.

Gust

Author: Greg Alan Brownderville
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
ISBN: 0810152215
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Irresistible in its color and momentum, Greg Alan Brownderville's debut collection explores the competing mysticisms of his boyhood: the Voudou of his native Arkansas Delta and the Pentecostalism embodied by his devil-hunting pastor, Brother Langston. On the one hand, "gust" sonically suggests "ghost," and wind is a metaphor for inspiration and the Holy Spirit. On the other hand, "gust" suggests urge and pleasure, especially of the gastronomic variety, thus evoking the body. Brownderville commands the complex eloquence of Southerners who love not only local color but also high-flown rhetoric. Instead of reinforcing stereotypes about rural folks' thought and speech, he challenges our assumptions by presenting real life as a festival of mixed diction. Church, as Brownderville enacts it, both quickens and forbids the erotic, whose lightning flashes and crashes everywhere in these poems. Highlights include a press conference with a bizarrely poetic rural sheriff, a Zimbabwean meter never before employed in English, a rock and roll song interrupted by a Walmart intercom, and poems about the exploitation of Italians in Arkansas cotton fields. At once evoking Yeats and Whitman, Gust recovers the dramatic mode often neglected in contemporary American poetry. Brownderville's uncanny lyricism storms through stories that are both moving and humorous.

Impossible Bottle

Author: Claudia Emerson
Publisher: LSU Press
ISBN: 0807160857
Format: PDF
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Claudia Emerson published six poetry collections with LSU Press, including Late Wife, Secure the Shadow, and The Opposite House. A professor of English and member of the creative writing faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Emerson served as the poet laureate of Virginia and won numerous awards for teaching and writing—including the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry—before her death in 2014.