stars chairs cardinals
the music sung in a corner
at morning Sunday
rises in the sun’s heat
and goes out to May
all cherish and instruct
each other we kick
gravel at each other in the driveway
grass blows windward and back
laughing on a hilltop at the top
of afternoon laughing in a graveyard
’s marble whose chairs we carry
in us and sit watching the stars
in the yard now the cardinals
rise up lark-like from the wire
to the music sung rising from the house
toward late morning in a Sunday
sun’s May has lifted into heat
– 22May66 Lawrence, Kansas
this appeared as a belated duende broadside in 2006 harkening the powers of the past
duende press box 571 placitas, nm 87043
He graduated from the University of Kansas, from Harvard University with an A.M., and from the University of California, Berkeley with a M.L.S. degree. He was a visiting professor at the University of Copenhagen on a Fulbright grant. Irby currently is an associate professor of English at the University of Kansas.
A colloquium held at the University of Kansas on November 5, 2011 honored Irby’s work, on the occasion of his 75th birthday.
What a joy to publish Ken’s The Roadrunner Poem and later poems too in duende press. duende 4, Kenneth Irby (b. 1936). The Roadrunner Poem. Biographical Sketch by the poet. With a poem for Irby by LG. April 1964. Mimeo 22pp printed both sides.
duende 8, Kenneth Irby (b. 1936). Movements/Sequences (with a note on Irby’s poetry by Robert Creeley). Preface by the author. Cover ink drawing by Joseph Stuart. September 1965. Mimeo 38 pp printed both sides.
Larry Goodell / Placitas, New Mexico