paperback, 382 pages, 6 x 8 in
Publication Date: 2008
Envelope of Night features an insightful foreword by the author, generous selections from five early books (the out-of-print collections In a White Light, Ruby for Grief, The Fires They Kept, Fictions from the Self and None, River) and "A Thief in the Lamp," a compelling, book-length section of previously unpublished poems that provides crucial insight into the trajectory of the development of Burkard's work. This definitive volume is an essential record of the achievements of a major American writer and a dazzling litmus of the range of the poetic mind.
"Only a handful of poets live on the earth at any given time, and I believe Michael Burkard to be one of them. What a joy-and how humbling-to be confronted by an artist who has utterly abandoned himself to beauty and truth." —Denis Johnson
"Envelope of Night is a highly welcome selection of Michael Burkard's work up to 1990; this poet - like Fanny Howe - writes work that over all the years seems whole, uinterrupted, deeply 'meant to be.' Burkard lets his poems walk all around the Sphinx and bring back what we need most: her questions." —Jean Valentine