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Out Beyond the Land

Poems on knowledge and nature. 

Out Beyond the Land refracts the subtle moments in nature where what is seen and unseen twists and loops back, gently nudging the speaker to question how knowledge is formed and memorialized. Using the Latin’s “A priori” and “A posteriori” as a starting point, these lyrics work to form a kind of double helix in which the strands of empirical and intuitive knowledge twist and become one. In the silence that follows, the speaker comes to terms with both her attachment to nature’s permanence and nature’s solid independence from our attachment.

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“In a book that is both orderly and awesome, Kimberly Burwick’s taut, bright poems cast spell upon spell on the mind. Read Out Beyond the Land and ways of seeing that are as obvious as the alphabet may be forever changed.”

Camille T. Dungy, author of Trophic Cascade

“Kimberly Burwick’s Out Beyond the Land is afloat, aswirl, awash in wind, rain, feathers, saints, petals, blue, and echoes. This collection of nine-line poems with their haiku sensibilities form an accumulative imagery of earthly delights and weathered weariness. ‘Barefoot in the language of the lamb milk clouds,’ each poem commingles creation and revocation in nature and the self with uneasy beauty and lacerating lyricism.”

Joseph O. Legaspi

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