I’m No Longer Troubled by the Extravagance is a map of human fragility that is punctuated by brittle bones, vague yesterdays, and lovers who leave. Ultimately a stage for language to do the unexpected, Rick Bursky’s new poetry collection speaks to matters of the heart, brings new awareness to the mind, and affirms the surreal extravagance of being alive.
PRAISE FOR 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.'"
"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."
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