Poetry. Beverly Burch's elegant new collection of poetry is an astonishingly stark and honest exploration of rupture and renewal, fearlessly and joyously observed: a great blue heron "smooth as a Buick Riviera on cruise control at dawn." From the condensed, cryptic "Final Exam" poems woven through the book to compelling and mysterious narratives ("A strange woman walks down / the sidewalk, slow as a damp fuse"), page after page of HOW A MIRAGE WORKS demands our attention. "Even the air's a risk," Burch writes, and readers gladly take that risk, moved by—and into—the charged air of these powerful poems.
Beverly Burch is also the author of LATTER DAYS OF EVE (BkMk Press, 2019), HOW A MIRAGE WORKS (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2014), which was a finalist for the Audre Lorde Award, and Sweet to Burn (winner of the Gival Press Poetry Prize and a Lambda Literary Award). She is also the author of two nonfiction books on psychoanalytic theory and sexual orientation: On Intimate Terms (University of Illinois Press) and Other Women (Columbia University Press). An Atlanta native, she has lived most of her adult life in the Bay Area and has a psychotherapy practice in Berkeley, California.Author City: OAKLAND, CA USA