Item description for Pennsylvania Collection Agency (New Issues Poetry & Prose) by Michael Burkard...
Pennsylvania Collection Agency, a new book from Michael Burkard, is comprised of poems written in 1986 but withheld from publication until now. This volume utilizes the unifying structure of a single year in the poet's life as an organizing principle. Burkard has been quietly accumulating one of the most fascinating verse biographies we have, and in this book we visit old territories in unexpectedly candid poems about alcoholism, beauty, and the poet's childhood. Burkard further emblazons the arc of theme and language that is beginning to coalesce into one of the most distinguishable formal and emotional landscapes in contemporary poetry. Idiosyncratic as always, this dazzling writer is never less than entertaining, but as poem in placed over poem, like some celestial template, one begins to feel the presence of much larger truths. All-encompassing, incendiary, immediate, and with a remarkable lyric gift, Burkard leads us to a place under the stars---as if for the first time---and what we find overhead is sublime.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 9.25" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2001
Publisher New Issues Poetry Press
ISBN 1930974000 ISBN13 9781930974005
Availability 0 units.
More About Michael Burkard
Michael Burkard is the author of more than ten collections of poetry, most recently Envelope of Night (Selected and Uncollected Poems, 1966-1990), published by Nightboat Books in 2008. In addition, hundreds of his poems have been published in such prominent little magazines as the American Poetry Review, which gave him the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Award in 1984, 1985, and 1999, and Ploughshares, which honored him with its Denise and Mel Cohen Award in 1986. He received the Whiting Writers' Award from the Whiting Foundation in 1988, and his poems have been included in four of the Best American Poetry anthologies (2000, 2001, 2004, and 2005) and he won a Pushcart Prize, in 1988.
Michael Burkard currently resides in Syracuse, in the state of New York. Michael Burkard was born in 1947.
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One of Burkard's best! Apr 17, 2001
It is a shame that such a beautiful book is listed by this site with such carelessness. Myronn Hardy did not co-author this book, and Burkard's name is spelled incorrectly. There are also electronic transmission errors in the text of the book description, such as apostrophes being replaced by question marks. this site should get its act together