David Kirby is the author of numerous books, including The House on Boulevard St.: New and Selected Poems, a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award. His latest book of poetry is Talking About Movies With Jesus. Kirby is the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English at Florida State University. See also www.davidkirby.com.
I reached for two things that always make me happy, an opium derivative and poetry. They work even better in combination; just ask E. A. Poe....