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A Car Stops A Door Opens
Christopher Bursk




Cavankerry
2017 • 132 pp. 6 x 9 1/4"
Poetry

$16.00 Paperback, 978-1-933880-60-0



“I've been publishing Chris Bursk's disarmingly and unflinchingly honest poetry for nearly forty years, and I continue to be awed by his vulnerability and courage... [continued in Reviews below]”—Sy Safransky, editor, The Sun

The poetry of A Car Stops And A Door Opens gives us an insight into the anguish of longing, be it the longings of a troubled student or an elderly grandparent. It is poetry that is grounded in the particulars of both childhood and adulthood, and poetry for anyone who remembers what it’s like to be a kid and long for something you can’t put a name to. Not afraid to be naked and to laugh at this nakedness, it knows the sublime and the ridiculous and embraces both.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“I've been publishing Chris Bursk's disarmingly and unflinchingly honest poetry for nearly forty years, and I continue to be awed by his vulnerability and courage. Also the man can write: his love of language is palpable. You can tell he chooses each word carefully, yet the overall effect is of a flowing conversation. It's a conversation that's sometimes uncomfortably direct—say, when he explores the darker side of sexual desire—but his humility and generosity of spirit make him an always-trustworthy guide.”—Sy Safransky, editor, The Sun

“Christopher Bursk confesses that until he was seventeen he solaced himself by inventing an imaginary companion. The quiet triumph of this book is that he enlists the reader as such a secret sharer. In A Car Stops And A Door Opens, he takes us on a “road trip” that includes his troubled upbringing. On this journey, he explores relationships with honesty and empathy, while disarming us with his rueful, quirky wit: “No on else was willing to be Judas, so I agreed . . .” Bursk is America's bard of adolescence.”—Philip Fried, editor, Manhattan Review

From the Book:

No matter how hard I try, I can't remember
who knocked on the door
and why I answered

and drank what was offered,
only that I must have,
because it's still seeping through my veins

decades later. Did someone force apart my lips
or did I take the cup willingly?
How could a day I'm not sure happened

change my life? Maybe if I remembered
the exact moment my life turned wrong,
if I had a date and time,

I could go back and forgive my hands
for taking the cup
and my throat for swallowing its poison.



CHRISTOPHER BURSK is the author of thirteen books including The Improbable Swervings of Atoms (winner of the Donald Hall Prize in Poetry from AWP, the Milton Kessler Prize) Ovid at Fifteen (winner of the Green Rose Prize), and The First Inhabitants of Arcadia (winner of the Patterson Prize). Most importantly, Bursk is the grandfather of six.

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Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:46:43 -0500