- Series: Green Rose Series
- Paperback: 86 pages
- Publisher: New Issues Poetry & Prose; 1 edition (January 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1930974256
- ISBN-13: 978-1930974258
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,560,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ovid at Fifteen (Green Rose Series) 1st Edition
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"What poem after poem in Ovid at Fifteen presents is a delicious and delirium-fraught sense of being overwhelmed by having a body capable of pleasures so intense they beg comparison with Whitman's lines in 'Song of Myself' where he says, 'breathe the fragrance myself and know it and likeit;/ The distillation would intoxicate me also, but I shall not let it.'. . . Bursk's persona in Ovid at Fifteen does succumb to the intoxication. He suggests through the narratives that he repeatedly flirted with answering the question of whether he would pay the ultimate price to get the whole experience of life with a resounding Yes."--Bill Tremblay "American Book Review" (5/6/2004 12:00:00 AM)
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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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.