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New and Selected Poems (1984-2011) Paperback – August 8, 2012
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The poems in this slim collection (little more than a hundred pages, with one poem per page) are almost universally somber in outlook, harsh and laconic, each word clearly selected with the greatest care and with an intensity of expression that can be overwhelming, almost as a physical sense of disturbance. They offer a punch in the gut and then they'll cast a shadow over your day as you re-read and contemplate them. You'll either find this appealing or you won't. Poetry is a personal thing and I lean towards the darker set, whether expressed in 'Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came' or the war verse of Siegfried Sassoon.
There is a refreshingly outward gaze to these poems as well, most of them eschewing the constant introspection ('cause it's all about ME, baby) and "confessional" subject matter of, for instance, 99.9 percent of the Beat poets. Burns devotes most of these poems to the world he's living in and to fantastic speculation upon it. Scientific concepts thread the work alongside the fossils of the past, the overall concept being that no matter how much mankind has invented, our species is still frightened of the dark.Read more ›