Paper $16.00 ISBN: 9780979436505 Published August 2009

Cartography of Water

Mike Burwell

Cartography of Water

Mike Burwell

Distributed for North Shore Press

77 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2007
Paper $16.00 ISBN: 9780979436505 Published August 2009

Mike Burwell’s poetry is hauntingly evocative, palpably conveying his love of the natural world and of Alaska as he navigates his reader on a steady current of powerful images. Burwell’s poems evoke Alaska’s landscapes, and each poem is a thoughtful mapping of the world around him.

 “Here, in Cartography of Water, the quietude of the untamed, wilder world is kept company by the wilderness of one man’s longing and loud ache. Wolves appear, and bears, and the rusty remnants of old miners’ dreams. . . . Against the beauty and terror of life, the poet holds to words which manage, in turn, to capture and hold up for us some remnant of the brief joys of his world, actual and imagined.”—Anne Caston

1. Islands


Wash Silver

Making the Island


Dream Island

Eagle on the Cape

Rain for Two Days

Morning Prayer to Water

Summer on the Out Island

2. Rain and Work


The Puget Sound

Don’t See a Thing

The Right Place in Oregon

Seaskin: South Alaska

The Road Around Big Salt

Gulf Time

Dark Lady

Wet Roads

Black Bear Lake


3. Light


The Things We Do

Winter Haiku


Montague Island: Spring

Dusk that Escaped

Three Days with the Spring Gods and How Aphrodite Visited Me

Belly of Light

Kalsin Bay

September Lights

Fourth of July

Ground Light

Three Small Summer Poems

4. Yukon


Great Grandfather on the River

The Lake at Northway

Already There

Transfiguration by Water

Miner’s Cabin

Eddy at Sharp Cape

Bank of the River

With the Dead at Forty-Mile

5. Son


Seeing the Mountains in Winter, I Think of My Son


Pictures at Swan Lake

The Perseids

Coma: A Poem for My Son

6. Your Land


Your Land

Four Seasons

Curry Ridge

Two Cranes

Maybe Twice a Year

In the Middle of Winter the Water Taxi Leaves the Dock at Jakolof Bay

Heritage Falls

Winter Light


Portage Creek Passage

Wolf at Beaver Creek

Pioneer Ridge Pried Open

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