Delirium
Poetry
6 x 9, 103 pp.
Pub Date: 06/01/2000
Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry
  paper
Price:        $14.95 s

978-1-57441-003-7

Published by University of North Texas Press

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Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry, 1994

Delirium

By Barbara Hamby

Winner of the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry, 1994.

Barbara Hamby makes her poems out of jokes, Italian phrases, quotes from saints and philosophers, references to meals eaten and wines drunk. In a fluid, compelling voice, she sets a stage, peoples it with real and imagined characters, spins them into dizzying motion, and then makes everything disappear as with a wave of a conjurer's wand, leaving the reader to wonder, “Did that happen, or did I dream it?” One leaves her poetry the way one leaves a dark theater on a July afternoon, convinced that the ordinary passions really won't do—they need to be larger, as large as they are in these poems.

Barbara Hamby was born in New Orleans and was raised in Hawai'i. She is a poet, fiction writer, editor, and critic. Her poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, The Paris Review, Western Humanities Review, and Negative Capability. She lives in Tallahassee, Florida.

What Readers Are Saying:

“Barbara Hamby is an extraordinary discovery! A poet of compassion and elegance, she is a poet whose debut in Delirium promises a rich (and enriching) lifelong project.” --Cynthia Macdonald

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