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The Temple Gate Called Beautiful #2020

The Temple Gate Called Beautiful David Kirby s hilarious poignant ninth collection of poetry opens with Elvis as Virgil guiding us through the afterlife imagines where the dead go when they die what they wear when they get there

  • Title: The Temple Gate Called Beautiful
  • Author: David K. Kirby
  • ISBN: 9781882295678
  • Page: 300
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Temple Gate Called Beautiful By David K. Kirby, David Kirby s hilarious, poignant ninth collection of poetry opens with Elvis as Virgil guiding us through the afterlife, imagines where the dead go when they die, what they wear when they get there, and whether Heaven or Hell throws a better party.

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    1 thought on “The Temple Gate Called Beautiful

    1. Wow I enjoyed reading these dense, surprising poems the first time and will enjoy re reading them I like the tendency of the poem to get away from the poet yet circle right back in a way I don t expect.

    2. I admit some skepticism about the book after reading the first few poems, which felt like forced syntheses with Dante and Odysseus, and just being silly with them, but not so smart silly However, I am such a sucker for gargantuan poems like this It can be so entertaining to roam around all the ideas and places that Kirby is going to take me.Why, though, does the speaker end up having to be such a wise guy And I mean wise guy like the cartoon version of Groucho Marx doing that eyebrow thing And w [...]

    3. At first I was daunted by the sheer length of these poems, I thought are these going to be the ejaculations of professor lording over PhD candidates He did over a friend of mine in 1986 But he sold me on his mythic references, which I enjoyed being an amateur classicist and being MAed from Florida State Classics Dept I enjoyed every poem and got into the prose poetic effect, they felt like short stories to me And, as I am in my early 50s I think about death as he does in many of these and loss o [...]

    4. Excellent poet, synthesizing the classical, the personal, the spiritual, and the popularly cultural.Monotonous form.Not pretentious, takes the reader seriously, avoids obscurantism and cherishes clarity.

    5. These poems were a mix of freewheeling whimsy and piercing earnestness I m putting Kirby poems in my library queue.

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