The Alphabet of Desire

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Orchises Press, Jan 1, 2006 - Poetry - 103 pages
3 Reviews
In this sublime and imposing book of poetry, Barbara Hamby races through the circuitous regions of Heaven and Hell, desire and love, giving shape and significance to the strange and the familiar. Her book ignites with a proclamation, "In the beginning was the word, fanning out into syllables, like a deck of cards on a table in Vegas, lovely leafy parts fluttering into atoms and cells, genus and phylum, nouns and verbs; " an easy metaphor for her intoxicating linguistic machinations.
  

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User Review  - Anne - Goodreads

Astounding collection--nostalgic, narrative, intelligent, musical, and--best of all--Hamby takes incredibly energetic leaps in her poems, so you start at one place and have no idea where this poem is going to thrust you next. It's a real pleasure to read. Read full review

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User Review  - Karla - Goodreads

Absolutely one of my favorite poets. Read full review

Contents

The ChickenWire Girls
12
Hey Udine
25
Cruelty
38
Laudanum for Everyone
50
Uccello Filippo Lippi Leonardo
63
Ode to Money
78
Ode to Breath
92
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