stars chairs cardinals a Poem & Drawing by Kenneth Irby


Kenneth Irby

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

Kenneth Irby (born 18 November 1936) won a 2010 Shelley Memorial Award. He is sometimes associated with the Black Mountain poets, especially with Robert DuncanRobert Creeley, and Ed Dorn.

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


About larry goodell

Poet exploring his viable extensions - publisher, performer, playwright - hand to hand help in creating spaces for poetry to be live in - reading events, recordings, online and tangible publications in the vocal spirit of his New Mexico.
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2 Responses to stars chairs cardinals a Poem & Drawing by Kenneth Irby

  1. pcallen says:

    Cool, good selection Larry.

  2. latifla1940 says:

    oh duende! how honored I am to have my first book edited and published by LGoodEll when I was a kid from LA following RCreeLy to learn, how wonderful those 3 years in NM. Staying with Ken in Berkeley and learning to develop and print my photos. He had a dark room, made exquisite curries and drank fine wines. One of the Angels of this incarnation!

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