Brian Burt has with very great care worked his way back through accumulations of loss, finding the cadences and details that fix remembered moments to the page, reminding us that realized expression, so long as we are in its circuit, is redemptive. Burt’s poems are atmospheric, conveying their intelligence through clarity and the felt rightness of their every small decision.
In these remarkable poems by Brian Burt, an insistent, unsettled past is recollected into a vivid, evocative present – and a poet, pre-occupied with ‘silence,’ speaks in a textured language (both English and German) to give memory a voice. The poet cautions: ‘Pause, listen, see: / stay silent as unseen silt / and roots beneath
deep snow.’ It’s good advice to prepare for reading these deeply moving poems.
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