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  • University of Kansas
  • University of California , Berkeley
  • Harvard University
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LOCUSPOINT | Lawrence | KENNETH IRBY, 17 Mar 2015 [cached]
Kenneth Irby LOCUSPOINT | Lawrence | KENNETH IRBY
Kenneth Irby
Kenneth Irby
About Kenneth Irby
Kenneth Irby KENNETH IRBY is the author of Call Steps, Antiphonal and Fall to Fall; and Ridge to Ridge: Poems 1990-2000, among many other collections. He has contributed to various anthologies and authored numerous articles and reviews on contemporary poetry. He has been a Visiting Professor on a Fulbright travel grant at the University of Copenhagen and has received awards from the Fund for Poetry and the Gertrude Stein Awards in Innovative American Poetry.
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Kenneth Irby
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.
Ad Astra Project - 9 - Kenneth Irby, 14 Dec 2007 [cached]
Ken Irby
Ken Irby (1936 - )
Ken Irby is a Kansas poet who practices projective verse, a form based on physical acts of speechmaking rather than British poetics.
Irby was not a student at Black Mountain, but he has had contacts with Black Mountain poets throughout his career. This direction in American writing connects to experimental forms now loosely called "Language" poetry. Ed Dorn, a former visiting professor at the University of Kansas, was a student of Olson and close friend of Irby.
In this elegy, written at Dorn's death, Irby displaces his emotional grief with an image of farm animals in a bare pasture. The title's season is near solstice, the darkest, most mysterious time of year, and also a time when losses are most sharply seen.
This poem begins with the animals viewed at a distance, as though they are almost beyond sight. The narrator sees them skewed by the distance-and also perhaps by grief-so that they appear to be performing on hind legs, "a real dog and pony show. Irby sets this familiar term amongst the more bizarre appearances of the domestic animals. Just when it seems he might explain himself and the soundless "musicians at the window," he changes direction. He shifts from visual images to sounds-the rhyme between "cray" and "they.
Education: Kenneth Irby, born in Bowie, Texas, was raised in Ft. Scott, Kansas. He received an A.M. from Harvard University and M.L.S. from the University of California-Berkeley.
Career: Irby is an English professor at the University of Kansas. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Copenhagen. He has awards from the Fund for Poetry and the Gertrude Stein Awards in Innovative American Poetry. His books include: Studies (First Intensity Press 2001), Ridge to Ridge (Other Wind Press 2001), Call Steps (Station Hill Press 1992), A Set (Tansy 1983), Orexis (Station Hill Press 1981), Catalpa (Tansy 1972), To Max Douglas (Tansy 1971).
------------------------------------- © 2007 Denise Low, AAPP1© Studies: Cuts, Shots Takes, Kenneth Irby, 2001. © 2007 Denise Low photo.
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Kenneth Irby & Pierre Joris
Kenneth Irby was born in Bowie, Texas, in 1936, and grew up in Fort Scott, Kansas. He was educated at the University of Kansas, Harvard University, and the University of California, Berkeley. He has lived, worked, served in the U. S. Army, and taught in New Mexico, Nevada, the North Pacific, Massachusetts, Northern California, New York, Colorado, and Copenhagen. He currently lives in Lawrence, Kansas, and teaches in the Department of English at the University of Kansas.
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