Today's poem is "Ode to Augurs, Ogres, Acorns, and Two or Three Things That Have Been Eating at My Heart Like a Wolverine in a Time of Famine"
from On the Street of Divine Love

University of Pittsburgh Press

Barbara Hamby is the author of four poetry collections, including All-Night Lingo Tango and Babel, winner of the Donald Hall Prize in Poetry. Her book of linked stories, Lester Higata's 20th Century, received the 2010 Iowa Short Fiction Award/John Simmons Award. She also coedited an anthology of poetry, Seriously Funny, with her husband David Kirby. Hamby is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Kate Tufts Award, and numerous other honors. Her poems have been widely anthologized, including The Best American Poetry 2000, 2009, and 2010. She is Distinguished University Scholar at Florida State University, specializing in poetry and fiction.

Other poems by Barbara Hamby in Verse Daily:
July 28, 2005:   "Tongues "Jesus has come into the mockingbird's heart..."
February 15, 2005:  "Thus Spake the Mockingbird" "The mockingbird says, Hallelujah, coreopsis, I make the day..."
January 30, 2003:  "Ode on Satan's Power" "At a local bistro's Christmas sing-along, the new..."

Books by Barbara Hamby:

Other poems on the web by Barbara Hamby:
"Mambo Cadillac"
Four poems
Seven poems
"Ode on Dictionaries"
"Ode to My 1977 Toyota"
Two poems
Two poems
"How to Pray"

Barbara Hamby's Website.

Barbara Hamby According to Wikipedia.

About On the Street of Divine Love:

"Barbara Hamby’s poems are wild, outspoken, seriously funny, motor-mouth rambles that take us through hoops of association to places both unexpected and unimpeachable. This collection offers a generous helping of poems so crackling with references and busy with verbal energy you might feel them buzzing in your hands."
—Billy Collins

"Whether On the Street of Divine Love is the best book of poems in the world will long be debated by literary scholars (some stuffed shirts still put forth The First Folio or a Goldbarth title) but surely it is the world: snazzily beatific, unashamedly carnal, at sumptuous ease with both the down-home blues and the intellectual high life, sometimes porch sitting and sometimes globe-trotting, and always in love with life and with a multiplex language that proves the love, this book is a true blue spinning planet; maybe there are nine in our system after all!"
—Albert Goldbarth

"On the Street of Divine Love bursts with Barbara Hamby’s signature wit and verbal twists. If language were an Olympic sport—and why is it not?—Hamby would bring home the gold in bungee-jumping bobsledding, boogie-woogie boxing, and soul-searching curling. Her poems sparkle with their top-notch surfaces, then bring us deep into the gusto of life, the painful and ecstatic truths. Readers will want to linger On the Street of Divine Love."
—Denise Duhamel

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