08/27/2013 03:05 PM
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.
Posted on Tuesday, August 27, 2013