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University of Kansas



Harvard University

University of California , Berkeley

University of Kansas

M.L.S. degree

University of California , Berkeley



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Kenneth Irby was born in Texas and raised in Kansas; was educated at the University of Kansas, Harvard University, and the University of California, Berkeley; served in the U. S. Army in New Mexico, Nevada, and the North Pacific; and has taught in Massachusetts, New York, Colorado, and Denmark. Currently he lives in Lawrence, Kansas, and teaches in the Department of English at the University of Kansas.

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Poet Kenneth Irby was born in Texas and raised in the Midwest before serving in the U.S. Army. A graduate of Harvard and Berkeley, Irby settled in Lawrence, Kansas, where he's spent his teaching and writing career at the University of Kansas. Often associated with the Black Mountain Poets, particularly Robert Duncan, Robert Creeley, and Ed Dorn, Irby tells former Kansas Poet Laureate, Denise Low, how the connection was made even though he never visited there. Winner of a Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Irby reads various poems from his most recent book, The Intent On: Collected Poems1962-2006.

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Ken Irby University of Kansas associate professor of English

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C. S. Giscombe and Katie Peterson on Kenneth Irby
But then, two thirds of the way through, "Gestures tward Kansas/Someday thatll all be Kenneth Irby."
Kenneth Irby's collected poems, The Intent On, has just been published by North Atlantic Books.
Kenneth Irby was born in 1936 in Bowie, Texas and raised in Fort Scott, in Kansas. He served in the U.S. Army and holds degrees from Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley. He teaches English at the University of Kansas. He has published nineteen poetry books, including T he Flower of Having Passed Through Paradise in a Dream, Kansas-New Mexico, To Max Douglas, Orexis, Call Steps: Plains, Camps, Situations, Consistories, and Ridge to Ridge among other titles.
In Call Steps, Kenneth Irby wrote,
Irby's verse, which are as many and various as the subjects that he chooses to talk about.

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Kenneth Irby
Born in the Midwest in 1936, Kenneth Irby beginning writing at early age, recalling that he wrote his first poem when is was 13 after discovering a translation of Rilke's Duino Elegies in Kansas City.
In 1958 Irby attended Harvard University, from where he received his A.M. degree.
Irby also received an M.L.S. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and was awarded a Fulbright travel grant as a visiting professor at the University of Copenhagen. He teaches at the University of Kansas.
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Call Steps brings together three collections of a celebrated American poet, representing the years during which Irby wrote what critics consider his most powerful visionary work...
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Kenneth Irby
Call Steps brings together three collections of a celebrated American poet, representing the years during which Irby wrote what critics consider his most powerful visionary work.
"No one I know has ever rooted down and plumbed the mystery of American places, land, name, history of our taking space, as Irby does. No one I know has so clearly articulated the living fact, that America is an intelligent thing, and that the distances between purslane and elderberry wine and the bowling alley and Silicon Valley are not inferences of a fall, but are the still arising magniloquences of the sonorous madness of the Platonists, a mystical/musical tradition so close to nonsense that it's the only sense we dare trust. That each human being has a grasp of the sensuous, and that is empire. That each human person has a root awareness of the inadequacy of this place, and that is vision. Europe is only a song we still drift west from. No poet I know speaks that psychic geology of our westering better than Kenneth Irby. -Robert Kelly
Kenneth Irby
"Irby's verse is paratactic patchwork, a sewing of memory and hunger, calling forth secret recurrences and the secret of recurrence: occulted genealogies of the kinless garden flowers. - Charles Stein

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