Authors

Ralph Burns

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Contents

Stella --A Boat Is a Lever --Aunt --Two Birds --The Man Who Patched the Floor --In the Bathroom Mirror --First Flight --Son, When I Hold You Tightly --Anniversary of Wood --Try --For My Wife, on Our Son's Third Birthday --Memory --Force --Swimming Pool --Adam's Birthday --The Happy Story --To My Father in Heaven --Real Time --Suburb of Light and Dazzle --The Hope of Mississippi --Slug Caterpillar --Wild Walking: After the Gulf War.

Abstract

In his convincing and highly accomplished fifth book, Ralph Burns draws on his deep practice and experience. His tones, forms, and subjects are various and striking, the work of a poet mature and courageous enough to range through the full spectrum of his emotions.

Sometimes Burns is haunted by the strength and fallibility of the Christian tradition, and in many of his poems he explores the conflicts between individuals and the larger world - the mystery and responsibility of choice, consequence and inconsequence, "the terror of being taken."

Publication Title

Iowa poetry prize

Award Date

1995

Publication Date

1996

Publisher

University of Iowa Press

City

Iowa City

Total Pages

65

ISBN of Print Version

9780877455394

Rights

Copyright 1996 Ralph Burns