Today's poem is "Late Valentines"
from Never Night

Marick Press

Derick Burleson's first book, Ejo: Poems, Rwanda 1991-94 won the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry. His poems have appeared in The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, The Paris Review and Poetry, among other journals. A recipient of a 1999 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, Burleson teaches in the MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and lives with his partner and daughter in Two Rivers, Alaska.

Books by Derick Burleson: Never Night, Ejo: Poems, Rwanda, 1991-1994

Other poems on the web by Derick Burleson:
Three poems
"Never Night"

About Never Night:

"Never Night is a hymn to life, a meditation on day and night, on the seasons, on nature and on love. Alaska may be real chilly in the winter but these beautiful poems are more than warm. Apparently poetry can change climate..."
—Adam Zagajewski

"Derick Burleson is a thoughtful and deeply observant poet, who has travelled far: to Rwanda, from where he wrote his first book, and in this book, to Oklahoma, Montana, and the Alaskan interior, never night and endless night. In the endless night, his prophet says '...and the world will grow/ rife with strange green fire...' — and in this book, the world grows fiery with many other births, in consciousness and in the flesh, seen and said."
— Jean Valentine

"Derick Burleson has given us a far northern book of invitations ('You'd like it here where/ it's never night'), which shines with a radiant spirit. It is work of soul-making."
—Edward Hirsch

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