Apple blossom timeBeneath the apple blossoms, peoplestand and enjoy falling light and colour.Also there’s a smell, a scent of future nasallight tunnels, all open in beams of sound.It’s a delusion or illusion of opal nausea.We’ll put it on the billof the pecking sandpiper, a groupiein the flight patterns of drifting dunes.Tipping the produce in big fields -ecstatic ents with beautiful tresses.I own this road - I won it in a contest.You don’t get it. Nothing is familiar,but I get it. I get it right in the ass of lightfixtures. Future perfect lack of conversation.The one thing I ask for is words.I just want those fucking words.
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Alice Burdick is the author of four full-length poetry collections, Simple Master, Flutter, Holler, and Book of Short Sentences. Deportment, a book of selected poems, came out in November 2018 from Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Her work has also appeared in many chapbooks, broadsides, magazines, journals, and anthologies. She has been a judge for various awards, including the bpNichol Chapbook Award and the Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize. She also visits high school English classes as a “Poet In Your Class” through Poetry in Voice/les Voix de la Poésie. She co-owns an independent bookstore in Lunenburg called Lexicon Books.
This is Burdick’s second above/ground press title, after the collaborative PLEASURE BRISTLES (with Gary Barwin, 2018). A French translation of PLEASURE BRISTLES, by Canadian translator Simon Brown, is scheduled to appear later this year with Les Éditions Vanloo, France.
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