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Pennsylvania Collection Agency
Michael Burkard

Green Rose Series

New Issues Poetry & Prose
2001 • 93 pp. 6 x 9 3/4"

$14.00 Paperback, 978-1-930974-00-5

“Written over a decade ago but withheld from publication, Burkard's ninth book of poems is his second to arrive this year, his Unsleeping (Forecasts, Dec... [continued in Reviews below]”—Publishers Weekly

Pennsylvania Collection Agency 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.

Reviews / Endorsements

“Written over a decade ago but withheld from publication, Burkard's ninth book of poems is his second to arrive this year, his Unsleeping (Forecasts, Dec. 18, 2000) having just appeared in February. What emerges through these diaristic poems of the mid-'80s is a portrait of an alcoholic acquainted with violence but not quite on the road to recovery. We get glimpses of an unhappy childhood, of the internal compulsion to drink and of an adult who is both abandoned by loved ones and left to find consolation through poetry: 'I ask the night to have a heart,/ a small word or two, a mouth/ to speak to you from and two lips to kiss you.'”—Publishers Weekly

“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 is 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.”—David Dodd Lee

MICHAEL BURKARD is the author of numerous collections of poetry, the most recent being Entire Dilemma (Sarabande, 1998), Unsleeping (Sarabande, 2001), and Envelope of Night: Selected and Uncollected Poems, 1966-1990. He has received a Whiting Writers' Award, the Poetry Society of America's Alice Fay di Castagnola Award, and grants from the New York State Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. He currently teaches at Syracuse University.

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