Beverly Burch

Beverly Burch

Beverly Burch is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Leave Me a Little Want (Terrapin Books). Her books have won a John Ciardi Poetry Prize, a Gival Poetry Prize, a Lambda Literary Award and were finalists for an Audre Lorde Award and a Housatonic Award. She also published two nonfiction books: On Intimate Terms (University of Illinois Presss) and Other Women (Columbia University Press). She lives in Oakland with her wife.

How a Mirage Works

“Over and over, the world is rendered in the most exacting of visual details. But it isn’t just the world that is scrutinized. Even individual words, like rejection, must withstand this poet’s particular gaze : … This is a fine and well-wrought collection of poems that reward with each and every reading.”
—C. Dale Young, author of Torn

How A Mirage Works is marked by a subtle, free-flowing music and an almost surgical attention to sensuous, definitive detail.”
—Cyrus Cassells, author of The Crossed-Out Swastika

Book Reviews: How a Mirage Works

Review in Foreword Reviews, New Pages, and Michael Dennis’ blog.
“a powerful collection of poems…. and the poems stay alive long after they have been read. A poet’s voice as richly nuanced as hers is a rare and always welcome thing.”- Thomas Ogden, author of The Parts Left Out: A Novel

Watch a video of Beverly Burch’s reading at the 2014 Petaluma Poetry Walk.

Podcast of Beverly reading at KUSP, in Santa Cruz, California.

Read Beverly’s poems as they appear in New England Review Vol. 33, No. 1 (2012), New England ReviewVolume 27, Number 1  (2006),  DMQ Review, and Thirteen Ways.

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