David Kirby Dramatizes the Artistic Mind in Latest Poetry Collection
BATON ROUGE – Inspired by the carpenter’s biscuit joint – a seamless, undetectable fit between pieces of wood – David Kirby’s latest collection, “The Biscuit Joint,” available from LSU Press, dramatizes the artistic mind as a hidden connection that links the mundane with the remarkable. Even in the 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 yawning in a picture gallery leads 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.
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.