Today's poem is "Instead"
from I'm No Longer Troubled by the Extravagance

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Rick Bursky is the author of Death Obscura (Sarabande, 2010); The Soup of Something Missing (Bear Star Press, 2004), winner of the Dorothy Brunsmen Poetry Prize; and the chapbook, The Invention of Fiction (Hollyridge Press, 2005). He received his BFA from Art Center College of Design, and an MFA from Warren Wilson College. His work appears widely in such places as American Poetry Review, The Pinch, Gettysburg Review, Sycamore Review, Copper Nickle, Antioch Review, Laurel Review, Hotel Amerika, Southern Review, Conduit, Field, Iowa Review, and The Journal, among many others. Bursky currently lives in Los Angeles where he works in advertising and teaches poetry in the UCLA Extension Writer’s Program.

Other poems by Rick Bursky in Verse Daily:
March 21, 2012:   "The Man in the Moon Retires to a Small House in a Valley" "A fleshless man doesn't need much...."
December 4, 2010:   "The Mandolin" "This was the night police chased the musicians from the roof...."

Books by Rick Bursky:

Other poems on the web by Rick Bursky:
"The Science of Revision"
"Plans for a Future"
Two poems
"The Science of Revision"
"The Collections"
"The Geography of Exile"
Two poems

Rick Bursky's Website.

Rick Bursky's Blog.

Rick Bursky on Twitter.

About I'm No Longer Troubled by the Extravagance:

"Rick Bursky’s breezy, surreal narratives are bristling with a ‘Qui vive' alertness to the pedestrian world and its aftershocks all the way to eternity. I’m wonderfully troubled by these poems, their extravagances and great diversions through which we often plunge recklessly toward truth and all perils of the heart: ‘Love without fear is meaningless, it’s a machine / like grief, always in the early stages of invention."
—Mark Irwin

"Rick Bursky is blessed with a complicated and eccentric imagination, and the ability to write pellucidly uncomplicated sentences. These gifts are joined together in his new book I’m No Longer Troubled by the Extravagance where each poem is startling in its strangeness and weird beauty. Other gifts are Bursky’s constant ability to surprise, as well as his ability to create an amalgam of the serious, comic, and fantastic, turning many of his poems into delirious journeys. The book is a pleasure to read."
—Stephen Dobyns

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