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, generous selections from five early books (the out-of-print collections In a White Light, Ruby for Grief, The Fires They Kept, Fictions from the Self and None, River) and "A Thief in the Lamp," a compelling, book-length section of previously unpublished poems that provides crucial insight into the trajectory of the development of Burkard's work. According to poet-critic Ethan Paquin, Burkard's poems "break from reality and American lyrical status quo to offer timeless, elegant revelations." This is a definitive volume of a major American writer and a dazzling litmus of the range of the poetic mind.
Author City: SYRACUSE, NY USA
Michael Burkard teaches in the MFA Writing Program at Syracuse University and at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He has received prizes from The American Poetry Review and the Pushcart Press, and fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. His books of poetry include My Secret Boat (W. W. Norton), Entire Dilemma (Sarabande Books), Unsleeping (Sarabande Books), LUCKY COAT ANYWHERE (Nightboat Books, 2011), and SOME TIME IN THE WINTER (W.D. Hoffstadt & Sons, 2014).
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