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Great America

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handmade limited edition poetry chapbook
Paperback, 30 pages
Published 2011 by dancing girl press

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Sep 24, 2011 Frank rated it really liked it
Opening with the Divorce, Burke appears to be divorcing herself from her past, ringing the bell of a clean slate for what is to follow.

Her next poem dispenses with modest themes such as existence, work, perception, etc. Her style is challenging, frequently requiring multiple readings.

But see, Burke cannot stay on topic. She's channeling jazz, her instrument the English language. While the poet in her keeps tossing meanings into her jams, like a juggler.

Burke is also an incessant questioner and a
Feb 15, 2012 Laurie rated it it was amazing
The American Society of Civil Engineers gave U.S. infrastructure an overall performance rating of D. This isn’t any surprise to the speaker in Trina Burke’s Great America. The failings have been noted.

These are poems of ruin. These are poems of bridge and roadway, of water pollution and mudslide. Of mercurial fish, of the child placated with sugar. Of imposed order on an unordered landscape. Of bankruptcy and dumpster dives.

What speak so gently to the heart in Great America are the pleas for a
Maggie rated it it was amazing
Oct 29, 2011
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