Rattle & Numb: Selected and New Poems, 1992-2019
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About the Author
John B. Burroughs serves as the State of Ohio Beat Poet Laureate (2019-21). A nationally touring writer, his most recent books include Rattle & Numb: Selected and New Poems, 1992-2019 and Loss and Foundering. John maintains the Cleveland Poetics blog and Northeast Ohio online literary calendar. Since 2008, has served as the founding editor of Crisis Chronicles Press.
In Rattle and Numb: Selected and New Poems 1992-2019, John Burroughs has chosen some very strong pieces that propel the reader through a life-arc, while artfully revealing the person behind the poetry. His trademark wordplay is evident throughout, as in Ataraxis be bloom/be lilt/be boom/be wilt and Out (Not Fade Away) But in spite of it I wrote on/rode on/right on/wry dawn/rite yawn. Classic Burroughs poems--John Cage Uncaged and Engaged, Low Kay Shun, Lens-- anchor the narrative, while new and newer poems create fresh mythologies, tackle the facelessness of Facebook, brood over the flow of rivers into Lake Erie, promise flaming postcards/from the conflagration. Rattle and Numb is both, and neither; it is a confessional collection that promises and delivers to whomever it may concern.
Dianne Borsenik, author of Raga for What Comes Next, publisher at NightBallet Press