Seriously Funny: Poems about Love, Death, Religion, Art, Politics, Sex, and Everything Else Hardcover – April 15, 2010
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From Frank O’Hara’s ‘Poem (Lana Turner Has Collapsed!)’ and John Ashbery’s ‘Daffy Duck in Hollywood’ to a host of younger poets now writing ‘seriously funny’ poems, this anthology argues eloquently that poetry is not just the equivalent of somber personal reflection, that indeed from Chaucer to the present, humor, irony, satire, and play are as integral to poetry as they are to narrative prose. Turning the pages of this generous anthology, you will smile and chuckle―and also weep!(Marjorie Perloff author of Radical Artifice: Writing Poetry in the Age of Media)
I loved this book. From its mouth-watering table of contents to its last eccentric, splendid poem, Kirby and Hamby have put paid to the notion that serious poetry can’t have a sense of humor. When people ask me to recommend something good to read that’s both thought provoking and irresistibly entertaining, poetry anthologies don’t generally come to mind. This one will.(Nancy Pearl author of Book Lust)
During a time when so many of our poets seem afflicted by mere self-importance and an almost-Pavlovian tic of irony, this book celebrates the other kind of funny―the sort that is mordant, absurdist, and keen to both laud and critique the madness and fascinating lunacy of our culture. Hamby and Kirby have assembled a bracing set of poems which remind us anew how closely heartbreak, humor and wisdom literature are aligned. These poems spring from necessity, not from the desire for punch lines.(David Wojahn author of Interrogation Palace: New and Selected Poems 1982–2004)
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What we have here is 400 or so pages of accessible contemporary poetry that is:
2) treats some serious subject with respect and depth
3) is funny
Exactly as the title promises. You could dig for hours and read through a lot of mediocre poetry yourself to find these gems. Thank goodness the editors have done it for you.
Buy the book. You won't regret it, and you're likely to find contemporary poets, new to you, whose books you will enjoy.
I am a huge fan of David Kirby and Barbara Hamby. They are refreshing voices in a crowded American poetry scene. So anything with their name(s) associated with it is worth the purchase sight unseen.
I've now spent a few months with this book, and it keeps delivering.
I keep pulling it off the shelf and letting the pages fall open, and more often than not, I get serendipity.
Like the Billy Collins poem "The Trouble with Poetry," (it's not in this collection, but 4 of his are) reading these poems makes you want to write more poetry.
I hope you will add this book to your collection, and look up other work by David and Barbara. You won't be disappointed.