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Talking about Movies with Jesus: Poems

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Celebrated poet David Kirby says that when he was a boy he wanted to run away and join the circus but never found one he liked, so he invented his own. Many of the poems in his dazzling new collection, Talking about Movies with Jesus, suggest his personal carnival is still a work in progress.

Much like a traveling circus, Kirby's poems are defined equally by their transient
Paperback, 70 pages
Published February 2nd 2011 by Louisiana State University Press
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This was a bookclub selection, and I'm really glad we read it. I haven't read any poetry since college. Recently, I picked up the Owl Questions by Faith Shearin, because I loved this poem about of all things a dog. But I lost the book before finishing it and never found it.

So it was really fun with this book to kinda discover what poetry could be and that poetry is not scary. The poems in the book function a bit like short stories -- but better, considering my mixed experience with short stories
Martin Cerjan
I'm a big fan. I've read the poems and non-fiction--and I read Kirby's reviews when I see them in the NYT. What I like about his poetry: it's funny, but serious; it's crazy, but logical; it's mundane, but profound. I think of it more as a poetry of ideas and I think he likes to break conventional rules. He's impish. You'll be reading along like it's some sort of madman's riff with pop and high culture all jumbled up (it's very "learned") and then you get the flash that makes it worthwhile. Very ...more
Funny and insightful, Kirby offers the odd juxtapositions of belief systems and modern edifice. Or modern artifice. Or perhaps farce. His use of word and the rhythmic concussion of sounds suggests these pieces as good choices to read aloud, rather than silently.
Thing Two
A few poems in this collection were hilarious, but many of them were just beyond my understanding.
Met Kirby as well at AWP. I also really enjoy his non-fiction.
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