Book With No Back Cover
by Richard Burns
Two beginnings and a middle but no
end Following the I Ching and the Kabbalah, Richard
Burns' new poems focus on nature and light, love and justice,
grief and celebration. Burns does not flinch from confronting
injustice and horror, whether man-made or natural. Nor does
he draw back from questioning death and challenging despair.
Yet joy and hope resonate throughout this collection, tumbling
and rising into poem after poem. This is a book that flows
in waves. It cannot be concluded, only continued.
"Book With No Back Cover is a work of art whose fascinating,
closely woven structure draws the reader in like a conspirator.
Richard Burns continues his long and restless journey as a
poet. This, his best book so far, has a strange and compelling
power." -Anthony Rudolf
Richard Burns was born in London into a family of musicians.
His perspectives combine English, Mediterranean, Jewish, Slavic,
American and Oriental influences. He founded and ran the first
international Cambridge Poetry Festival. He has received the
Keats Memorial Poetry Prize, the Yeats Club Prize and the
H. H. Wingate / Jewish Quarterly Award. He has lived in Greece,
Italy, the USA and the former Yugoslavia. A poet of many voices,
he deals equally with historical and political material, with
inner worlds, and with relationships and everyday life.
"Richard Burns has consistently drawn on non-English
poetic traditions. In this ingeniously constructed book, he
makes original use of I Ching and the Kabbalah. The
poems encompass horror and joy, pleasure and pain, the elements
and the angels. There is no closure. The key is openness."
- Jeremy Hooker
Paperback - 156mm x 210mm - 108pp