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Christopher Bursk: Selected Poems

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Of Christopher Bursk’s poetry, Joel Brouwer in The New York Times Book Review writes, “If you’re looking for skeptical poststructuralist experiments with language’s unstable elements, look elsewhere. Bursk has bottomless faith in language and its capacities to enlighten and delight.” Bursk’s Selected Poems reveal their author’s trust in those odd little bits of breath we c ...more
Paperback, 146 pages
Published March 27th 2014 by Futurecycle Press
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Kelley White
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SELECTED POEMS, Christopher Bursk, FutureCycle Press, 2014, 137 pages, $17.95 (Lexington, Kentucky, USA)

Christopher Bursk is a poet who speaks with many voices, as teacher, father, son, political activist, and, perhaps most importantly, as a child, vulnerable, injured, haunted, and resilient. In this selected poems, which spans nearly four decades of work, we are privileged to listen and begin to know these voices and to take joy, as Bursk does, in the wonder of letters and words singing and dan
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SIDEREAL TIME

Why have I given him this watch?
What appointments does he have to keep in jail?
Lifting its scratched bubble face,
its little coolness to his cheek,
he tells me about his first watch, a Bulova
lifted off his stepfather’s bureau,
the first thing he’d ever stolen.
Not till he climbed the railroad bridge
had he slipped it on.
As he talks, the guards come closer
as if they can tell from his head’s tilt,
his hand’s trembl
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