Envelope of Night



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Selected and Uncollected Poems, 1966-1990

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Weight 1.1 lbs
Dimensions 5.9 × 1 × 7.9 in

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Fictions from the Self and None, River) and “A Thief in the Lamp,” a compelling, book-length section of previously unpublished poems that provides crucial insight into the trajectory of the development of Burkard’s work.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.

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ISBN: 978-0-9767185-6-7
paperback, 382 pages, 6 x 8 in
Publication Date: 2008

MICHAEL BURKARD is the author of ten previous collections of poetry, including Envelope of Night: Selected and Uncollected Poems 1966–1990. He has received numerous awards, including a Whiting Award …

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