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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Diminuendo Press (December 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936021145
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936021147
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,431,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Burgess Needle was born on June 19, 1941 in Boston, Massachusetts to Sam and Miriam Needle who raised six children surrounded by walls of books. It never occurred to him he could write poetry until a high school teacher praised a short paragraph by telling him it read like poetry. From that day on he self-identified as a poet and storyteller. Jack Kerouac and the beats were his earliest influences, but by the time he entered the university Shakespeare's sonnets had already made their impression. He was fortunate enough to have several brilliant teachers at the University of Massachusetts who drew him deeper into the world of English 17th Century poets -- especially John Donne. Later: Shelley, Keats followed by the Romantics: Blake, Wordsworth and Coleridge. It wasn't until after graduation that he found Whitman. The poetry crowd he hung out with drew him to Rimbaud and he spent days reading every biography of Rimbaud he could find. One of his life's regrets is that his French was never good enough to appreciate Rimbaud in the language it was written. As a young man he met Ruth Stone and she kindly guided and reinforced his poetic journey. After thirty years as a librarian, writing poetry, short stories and features for magazines and newspapers he retired from the library work world and directed his creative energies to poetry, beginning to get published in small on-line and print journals. His most recent favorites: Michael Ryan, Matthew and Michael Dickman, David Chorlton, Michael Rattee, Hayden Carruth, Steve Orlen, Matt Donovan, Mark Doty. Diminuendo Press of Texas published his first collection in December of 2009. He is in the process of getting his work out there in the world through mailings, reviews, readings and signings. His book is dedicated to his wife, Barbara, his love and best critic, and to his parents, Miriam Hoffman Needle and Sam Needle.
Burgess Needle's most recent poems appeared in: The Hiss Quarterly, Blackbox Manifold (UK), Kritya (India), Black Mountain Review (UK), Concho River Review, Red Fez, Centrifugal Eye, Raving Dove, Poetry Monthly International, Full of Crow, Origami Condom, Thirteen Myna Birds, Autumn Sky, Gutter Eloquence, Free Verse, Zafusy (UK), Iodine, Quill & parchment, Under the Radar, Brittle Star (UK), Clockwise Cat and Flutter. His short stories have appeared in: Black Market Review and Pig In a Poke. Most recent literary criticism has appeared in Future Cycle.
His web sites are:
www.everycrowinthebluesky.com
www.burgessneedle.com

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lucia E. Berger on January 27, 2010
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I thought this was an excellent book of poetry and recommend it highly. I particulary enjoyed his poems about his family and his time in Thailand. The form of the poems made them accessible and very interesting. Again, I give this book a strong recommendation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elana E. Dawson on December 24, 2009
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This collection of poetry by newcomer Burgess Needle is riveting and enjoyable. The poems are luminous and inspiring. I highly recommend checking out this collection, truly wonderful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Madeleine Mullane on January 26, 2010
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I was captivated by these accessible and insightfully woven story poems. The global and personal threads travel from poem to poem and create a sense of family with humor and familiar universal truths.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clare H. Moschella on April 21, 2010
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No rhyming words, just hauntingly beautiful, powerful images in the book, Every Crow in the Blue Sky, by Burgess Needle. This debut poetry collection is full of graceful language and tells stories of people and locations you are reluctant to leave. I'm eagerly awaiting Burgess Needle's next book!
Margaret "Cookie" Anthony.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Demic on February 11, 2010
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EVERY CROW IN THE BLUE SKY, by Tucson poet Burgess Needle, is a wonderfully evocative collection of narrative verse that transports the reader through story and metaphor. I highly recommend this collection for all readers, even those who do not usually select poetry as their first choice.
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