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 a Distinguished University Scholar at Florida State University, specializing in poetry and fiction. (Author photo by Alicia Osborne)
On the Street of Divine Love is a collection of twenty-five years of Barbara Hamby's poems—word drunk excursions into the American female consciousness with stops in Italy, Paris, and London.
“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.”
“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.”
“Get ready for a wild ride when you dive into Barbara Hamby's On the Street of Divine Love. You'll soon be roaring down avenues of the alphabet with a poet who is dazzled by—and a master of—our lingo. . . .The effervescent and all-encompassing nature of Hamby's poems give the reader a sense of discovery and vitality. ”
—New York Journal of Books
University of Pittsburgh Press