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Ovid at Fifteen (Green Rose Prize) Paperback – January 1, 2003

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About the Author

CHRISTOPHER BURSK, recipient of NEA, Guggenheim, and Pew fellowships, is professor of English at Bucks County Community College in Pennsylvania. He is the author of a number of collections, including Cell Count, Ovid at Fifteen, and The Improbable Swervings of Atoms, winner of the 2004 Donald Hall Prize in Poetry. He resides in Langhorne Manor, PA.
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Product Details

  • Series: Green Rose Prize
  • Paperback: 83 pages
  • Publisher: New Issues Poetry & Prose; 1 edition (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930974256
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930974258
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,561,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert Pratte on November 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
In Ovid at Fifteen, Christopher Bursk weaves father and son, child and old man together in a contemplative, candid, and melancholically creepy work. Bursk seems to be contemplating his own sins in relation to those of his father, forging experience and mythology into a personal and unflinching series of poems. Through Bursk's recollections, we see the disturbing, the personal, the thoughts and experiences laid vulnerable and bare, left for us to observe and contemplate. Like Ovid, Bursk creates an unsettling mythology where the gods have been stood upon their heads.

Despite the candor and mythologized sense of his past, though, Bursk leaves the reader (at least me) highly unsettled. The graphic homo-eroticism of his recollections, particularly of his father and his youth, make the objective coolness of his classroom experiences (as a teacher) seem out of place. As confessional poetry, I'm afraid the Bursk may have confessed too much.
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Bursk is brave. His eyes are as open as his heart. His language is a blade carving into a tree. Read him.
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