Kenneth Irby (November 18, 1936 – July 30, 2015)

Profound sadness at the passing of an old friend, a major poet — whose work is way underappreciated in this, his country —, a great lover of literature, landscape and music. Below a poem from the sixties — p. 133 in his indispensable The Intent On (Collected Poems 1962-2006), North Atlantic Books 2009 — one of the poems I came across early on in his book Relation, and that introduced me to a part … Read more Kenneth Irby (November 18, 1936 – July 30, 2015)

Robert Duncan to Kenneth Irby, May 10, 1963

Last year as he & his work were being celebrated at the University of Lawrence, Kansas [see post here] Ken Irby  gave me a copy of & permission to reprint the following letter by Robert Duncan  — the first one Irby received from RD. It took awhile, but here it is finally, as photo repro & in a transcription. (The few words that were unreadable are in bold with a … Read more Robert Duncan to Kenneth Irby, May 10, 1963

Irby & Joris @ Poetry Project

The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church 131 E. 10th St. New York NY 10003 212-674-0910 | info@poetryproject.org Kenneth Irby & Pierre Joris Wednesday / 2 March 2011 / 8 pm Kenneth Irby was born in Bowie, Texas, in 1936, and grew up in Fort Scott, Kansas.  He was educated at the University of Kansas, Harvard University, and the University of California, Berkeley.  He has lived, worked, served in … Read more Irby & Joris @ Poetry Project

Latta & Hafner on Ken Irby

Two items of note concerning Kenneth Irby, whose book The Intent On: Collected Poems 1962-2006 I made my favorite book of the year (& most necessary one!) on this blog some time ago: A review & meditation by John Latta which you can read here on his Isola di Rifiuti blog, and an article by Josh Hafner, which I reproduce below with his permission. Hafner’s piece, authored for a … Read more Latta & Hafner on Ken Irby

Kenneth Irby: The Intent On

Kenneth Irby THE INTENT ON Collected Poems, 1962- 2006 672 pages; hardcover; gorgeous Thorpe Feidt painting on cover; excellently designed by Jonathan Greene; $40 from North Atlantic Books This is a book I have been waiting for for many years now and finally, finally it is here: the Collected Poems of Ken Irby, one of our major neglectorinos (to use that word again) — essentially one of our very … Read more Kenneth Irby: The Intent On