All-Night Lingo Tango by Barbara Hamby

All-Night Lingo Tango

Barbara Hamby
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  • ISBN
    9780822960171 / 0822960176
  • Title All-Night Lingo Tango
  • Author Barbara Hamby
  • Category Poetry
  • Format
  • Year 2009
  • Pages 80
  • Publisher
    University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Imprint University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Language English
  • Dimensions 165mm x 7mm x 218mm


This collection is a love letter to language with poems that are drunk and filled with references to the hyperkinetic world of the twenty-first century. Yet Zeus and Hera tangle with Leda on the interstate; Ava Gardner becomes a Hindu princess; and Shiva, the Destroyer, reigns over all. English is the primary god here, with its huge vocabulary and omnivorous gluttony for new words, yet the mystery of the alphabet is behind everything, a funky puppet masterwho can make a new world out of nothing.

Author Biography

BARBARA HAMBY is writer-in-residence at Florida State University. She is the author of two chapbooks and three previous poetry collections: The Alphabet of Desire; Delirium; and Babel, winner of the 2003 Donald Hall Prize in Poetry. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications including the Paris Review, the Iowa Review, the Kenyon Review, and Best American Poetry 2000.

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All-Night Lingo Tango