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This Friday, Palaver Tree Theater is truly honored to welcome -- to our humble burg in the woods -- the illustrious and internationally acclaimed author DAVID KIRBY, for an evening of poetry and readings from his newest collection, "More Than This," his twelfth book of poetry and nearly 20th publication.

But as notable as Kirby's words are his accomplishments and accolades. A powerhouse in the literary world of Florida and beyond, Kirby has the coveted title of Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English at Florida State University (which recently honored him for 50 years of teaching,) and in 2016 was honored with the Florida Humanities Council's Lifetime Achievement Award. And those are just the tip of the iceberg.



MORE THAN THIS, like David Kirby's previous acclaimed collections, is shot throughout with the roadhouse fervor of early rock 'n' roll. These rollicking poems also contain an oceanic feeling more akin to the great symphonies of Europe than the two-minute singles of Little Richard and other rock pioneers. Kirby seeks to startle, please and unwind the knots that we get ourselves into, making it possible to begin anew.

Little goes unnoticed in these poems: death is present, along with love, friendship, food, religious ardor and philosophical skepticism, nights on the town and quiet evenings at home. With More Than This, his twelfth collection, Kirby takes readers back in time and out in space, offering quiet wisdom and a sense of the endless possibilities that are and life give us all.


This Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English at Florida State University, is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, along with several Pushcart Prizes and other honors. His numerous books include .Little Richard: The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll (which the Times Literary Supplement of London called “a hymn of praise to the emancipatory power of nonsense,”), The Biscuit Joint; Get Up, Please; and The House on Boulevard St., a finalist for the National Book Award.