Item description for Ovid at Fifteen (New Issues Poetry & Prose) by Christopher Bursk...
Winner of the 2002 Green Rose Prize
Christopher Bursk's latest collection is not just profoundly honest; it is profoundly brave. These astonishing poems explore the space between sensuality, sexuality, and love---a landscape in which flawed human beings give birth to the flawed human beings who will one day take care of them, each generation screwing up even as it adds to the universal fund of beauty and compassion. Above all, Ovid at Fifteen reminds us what it means to feel the wonder of life too keenly---to "want to throw yourself / off the cliff, plunge / into the very heart of color."
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.5" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Mar 4, 2003
Publisher Partners Publishers Group
ISBN 1930974256 ISBN13 9781930974258
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More About Christopher Bursk
Christopher Bursk was named winner of the 15th Annual Bright Hill Press Poetry Chapbook Competition for THE INFATUATIONS AND INFIDELITIES OF PRONOUNS. Bursk, recipient of NEA, Guggenheim, and Pew fellowships, is professor of English at Bucks Community College in Pennsylvania. He is the author of a number of collections, including Cell Count, OVID AT FIFTEEN, and The Improbable Swervings of Atoms, winner of the 2004 Donald Hall Prize in Poetry. He has been recognized for his work with prisoners, the homeless, food banks, and women's shelters.
Christopher Bursk currently resides in the state of Pennsylvania.
Reviews - What do customers think about Ovid at Fifteen (New Issues Poetry & Prose)?
Bursk Burns Jun 19, 2005
Bursk is brave. His eyes are as open as his heart. His language is a blade carving into a tree. Read him.
Candid and Creepy Nov 19, 2004
In Ovid at Fifteen, Christopher Bursk weaves father and son, child and old man together in a contemplative, candid, and melancholically creepy work. Bursk seems to be contemplating his own sins in relation to those of his father, forging experience and mythology into a personal and unflinching series of poems. Through Bursk's recollections, we see the disturbing, the personal, the thoughts and experiences laid vulnerable and bare, left for us to observe and contemplate. Like Ovid, Bursk creates an unsettling mythology where the gods have been stood upon their heads.
Despite the candor and mythologized sense of his past, though, Bursk leaves the reader (at least me) highly unsettled. The graphic homo-eroticism of his recollections, particularly of his father and his youth, make the objective coolness of his classroom experiences (as a teacher) seem out of place. As confessional poetry, I'm afraid the Bursk may have confessed too much.