More Than This: Poems (Paperback)
More Than This, like David Kirby's previous acclaimed collections, is shot through with the roadhouse fervor of early rock 'n' roll. Yet these rollicking poems also contain an oceanic feeling more akin to the great symphonies of Europe than the two-minute singles of Little Richard and other rock pioneers, as Kirby seeks to startle, to please, to unwind the knots that we get ourselves into and make it possible to being anew. Little goes unnoticed in these poems: death is present, along with love, friendship, food, religious ardor and philosophical skepticism, nights on the town and quiet evenings at home. With More Than This, his twelfth collection, Kirby takes readers back in time and out in space, offering quiet wisdom and a sense of the endless possibilities that art and life give us all.
David Kirby, the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English at Florida State University, is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, along with several Pushcart Prizes and other honors. His numerous books include The Biscuit Joint; Get Up, Please; and The House on Boulevard St., a finalist for the National Book Award.