The Alphabet of Desire

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Orchises Press, 1999 - Poetry - 103 pages
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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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Hambly's first collection, Delirium (Univ. of North Texas, 1995), won the 1994 Vassar Miller prize, the 1996 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book ... Read full review

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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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