Burnt Island

"D. Nurkse's work is marked by a certain sober clarity that I have long admired. In Burnt Island, his eighth collection, he has devised three suites that stretch the reader's imagination well beyond the unspoken, conventional limits of the territory poetry is allowed to address... it's a joy to see subjects that are rarely approached by poets described so accurately in such clear poetic language. Timeless and timely. This book was written in a time when readers are likely to be comfortable, surrounded by ever more elaborate technological conveniences. It's good to find a poet who takes us back to bedrock... Burnt Island reminds us that we're part of an ongoing experiment called planet Earth, and we're interdependent with everything else aboard."

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"Nurkse... renders our imperfect world perfectly in this stunning book."
–Publishers Weekly, starred review
"...transmits experience in searing, unromanticized terms."
"Nurkse is a master at investing everyday objects with tremendous poignancy."
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