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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.
Station Hill Press » Kenneth Irby, 23 Jan 2012 [cached]
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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.
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...
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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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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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Ad Astra Project - 9 - Kenneth Irby, 14 Dec 2007 [cached]
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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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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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