Shorter Poems

Gerald Burns is a leading practitioner of long-lined, thickly textured verse. “These / long lines are long life to us, go back to Kenneth Irby’s ‘A Set’ I saw first in / a flyer from Lawrence, KS where Burroughs chats with Cage whose spitbubbles / may remind us with Zukofsky the heart of the bluebonnet’s black. Anyone can learn from anything, ” he writes, and as these lines from “For J. R. Here” indicate, Burns has learned much: his long dragnet lines display a lifetime of wide reading and close observation from an astonishing range of subjects.

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Robert Creeley