There Are Words by Burt Kimmelman



  • Kind: Chapbook
  • Pages: 23
  • Language: English
  • Available: Yes
  • Audio CD: Yes
  • ISBN: 1-933675-24-1


“Burt Kimmelman’s poems flourish as they pivot from a repertoire of reiterated subjects—works of art, natural landscapes, family, the animal world—to a transfiguring notion of their properties and possibilities. For over twenty-five years, this practice has produced dynamic patterns of insight, patterns comprised of recurring figures and forms which nevertheless shift in their relations to his poetic witness.”  —Jon Curley (of) Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics


Ed Ruscha’s Course of Empire

The clouds overhead,
dark filaments of
a roughed-up sky – the

wind from somewhere has
taken us all for
a wild ride – crossing

a frontier, the new
world coming all at
once upon us …


Burt Kimmelman has published four previous collections of poetry — Musaics (1992), First Life (2000), The Pond at Cape May Point (2002), a collaboration with the painter Fred Caruso, and Somehow (2005). For over a decade, he was Senior Editor of Poetry New York: A Journal of Poetry and Translation. He is a professor of English at New Jersey Institute of Technology and the author of two book-length literary studies: The “Winter Mind”: William Bronk and American Letters (1998); and, The Poetics of Authorship in the Later Middle Ages: The Emergence of the Modern Literary Persona (1996, paperback 1999). He also edited The Facts on File Companion to 20th-Century American Poetry (2005)

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Weight 3 oz
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