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Envelope of Night: Selected and Uncollected Poems, 1966-1990

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Poetry. ENVELOPE OF NIGHT: SELECTED AND UNCOLLECTED POEMS offers an essential record of the literary achievements of Michael Burkard from 1966 to 1990. This selection offers Burkard aficionados and those new to his work an opportunity to encounter what Ashbery has praised as Burkard's "urgent messages from a distant galaxy." It features an insightful foreword by the author ...more
Paperback, 361 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by Nightboat Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jun 12, 2010 Kim rated it really liked it
This is a hard book to review, but I’ll give it a shot. Quick breakdown: for me, the most compelling selections were from the first three books (In A White Light, None, River, and Ruby For Grief). In particular, the poems from Ruby for Grief are wonderful. I’ll read this whole collection for sure. I felt a little frustrated at times in the middle sections, and then more enthusiastic at the end, especially for the new uncollected poems. This is the first time I’ve read Burkard, and seeing this co ...more
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He graduated from Hobart College and from the Iowa Writers' Workshop with an MFA in 1973. He taught at Kirkland College (1975–78) and Sarah Lawrence College (1983–84, 1986–87), and has taught in the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing at Syracuse University since 1997. He has been a visiting writer at New York University (1991) and the University of Louisville (1992, 1996), as well as a writer-in-r ...more
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“I will still feel some importance in altering the room,
because there you were, the pastiche of some lovely
distant star as I surrounded only my small self,
still alive.”
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