2007 National Book Award Finalist,

David Kirby

The House on Boulevard St.

Louisiana State University Press

Interview conducted by Craig Morgan Teicher.

Photo © Barbara Hamby.

About the Book and Author

Long-lined and often laugh-out-loud funny, these poems encompass many things, including the heated restlessness of youth, the mixed blessings of self-imposed exile, and the settled pleasures of home.

David Kirby is the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English at Florida State University. His work appears regularly in the Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize anthologies, and he has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Philip Levine says, "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. He has evolved a poetic vision that seems able to include anything, and when he lets it sweep him across the face of Europe and America, the results are astonishing.” He is married to the poet Barbara Hamby and lives in Tallahassee.

Suggested Links

Author's website: www.davidkirby.com

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Wikipedia entry: wikipedia.org

Podcast reading: www.english.fsu.edu/

Excerpt from The House on Boulevard St.