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I'm No Longer Troubled by the Extravagance

By Rick Bursky

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Format: Paperback, 104 pages
Published In: United States, 01 September 2015
I'm No Longer Troubled by the Extravagance is a collection of poems that assign new meanings to the people and things of the past. The book moves in three sections through a fantastic landscape that maps human fragility. The poems in the first section speak to matters of the heart-intimacy and loss-punctuated by lovers who leave. The second section is comprised of prose poems chronicling misadventures and conspiracies: Russian spies on Wilshire Boulevard, artichokes that mate for life, and secret photographs of God. Finally, the third section pans out from individual experience, hosting the collective in fable-like reflections. Together, the poems in Extravagance mark with fragile acceptance the surreal extravagance of being alive. The Relentless One day we'll know how long the dead have to be dead before they feel hunger. One day it'll be summer forever. In the meantime, the weather, looking for its cue, keeps an eye on me; and I keep whatever money's in my pocket crumpled in a ball. A relentless responsibility dogs me, and the funny thing is, these are the lyrics to a happy song. Go ahead, tap your foot, snap your fingers. We're roasting a pig in the yard. Rick Bursky is the author of Death Obscura (Sarabande Books, 2010) and The Soup of Something Missing (Bear Star Press, 2004), winner of the Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize. He lives in Los Angeles where he works in advertising and teaches poetry in the UCLA Extension Writer's Program.

Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTSONETHE RELENTLESS..........4THE FEAR..........5BUT FIRST..........6THERE ARE NEW GAMES WE CAN PLAY..........7CLOUD THEORY..........8WE WERE SIMILAR IN THAT WAY..........10THE VOCABULARIES..........11I'M NO LONGER TROUBLED BY THE EXTRAVAGANCE..........12ANOTHER SIMONY..........13LOVE AND OTHER ACADEMIC EXERCISES..........14I'VE ALREADY SAID TOO MUCH..........15THE INTIMACIES..........16ALL THE BOREDOMS IN THE WORLD..........17THOUGH..........18THE EXPERIMENTS THAT BROUGHT US TOGETHER..........19THIS IS YOURS..........20NOW I'LL BEGIN MAKING EXCUSES..........21NOTES TAKEN DURING AN ARRHYTHMIA..........22THE GUERDON..........23THE PANDEMONIUM..........24THE NATURE OF THE CORRESPONDENCE AND THE REQUIRED HEROICS..........25I'M TELLING YOU THIS ANYWAY..........26CUI BONO..........27THERE WERE INDICATIONS THAT THIS WOULD HAPPEN..........28QUI VIVE..........29THE ENDING..........30TWOMY UNCANNY RESEMBLANCE TO A YOUNG SEAN CONNERY..........32THE RING OF THE FISHERMAN..........33MORTAL WISH..........34THE LEGERDEMAIN..........35THE DOOR..........36RITUALS..........37THE CURATOR OF CLOSETS..........38DECEMBER..........39THREETHE NEW HEROES..........41THE ACCORDION PLAYER'S WINDOW..........42THAT SEAGULL..........43THE PITY..........44THE IMPLICATIONS..........45I'VE CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT EVERYTHING..........46I'M THE MUSEUM OF WHAT'S-LEFT-OF-US..........47SHE EXPLAINED ME TO HER MOTHER USING LATINATE WORDS..........48THE TAMING..........49AND THEN EMPYREAN..........50GENUS OF SMALL SOUNDS..........51THE NEW SKILLS..........52THESE WERE OUR BEST YEARS..........53THE MAN IN THE MOON RETIRES..........54THE CAIRN..........55THE FOREST..........56INSTEAD..........57

Promotional Information

Galleys available: national mailing to key review/media outlets 4-5 months prior to publication.National print campaign: 100 finished books will be mailed to key review outlets, specifically targeting Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, The New York Time Book Review, The New Yorker, Poets & Writers Magazine, The Rumpus, Huffington Post Poetry, The San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, etc.Will pitch author events to local bookstores where Bursky is known: Vroman's Bookstore Pen & Stationery Department (Pasadena, CA); Book Soup (West Hollywood, CA); Small World Books (Venice, CA); Skylight Books (Los Angeles, CA).National advertising in Poets & Writers magazine, American Poets magazine, the Academy of American Poets newsletter, Rain Taxi, and Redactions.Fall announcements will be submitted to Publishers Weekly.Blurbs from acclaimed poets Stephen Dobyns and Mark Irwin.Extensive promotion through BOA's website and blog; Facebook (6,200+ followers), Twitter (4,500 followers), Instagram (700 followers), and Pinterest accounts; print and e-postcards; print and e-materials; and print and e-catalogs. Electronic postcards to announce book publication will be sent to academic contacts, bookstore contacts, and literary bloggers.Electronic newsletter feature will be emailed to BOA's database of 3,000+ contacts.Author will attend the AWP Conference 2016 in Los Angeles, where he will have an author signing. BOA Editions will also be the Presenting Sponsor for AWP 2016, to celebrate its 40th anniversary, which will bring new attention to BOA and its new books.Ebook will be available at the same time as print publication to maximize sales. Ebook ISBN will be included on all press materials, author and publisher websites, and whenever print ISBN is listed. Publisher and author will be promoting both e and p through social media.Promotion through the author's social media accounts. Bursky has a substantive online presence, with a Facebook profile with about 1,200+ contacts (handle: Rick Bursky), and a Twitter account (handle: @RickBursky).Promotion through the author's blog and website: http://rickbursky.blogspot.com/.

About the Author

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.

Reviews

"Bursky's collection of poems, titled I'm No Longer Troubled by the Extravagance, kept me moving in all sorts of directions. His facile accession of language, banal if used unequivocally, is an exploitation of eccentricities sprinkled with the right dose of humility and charm." -Heath Bowen, New Pages "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

EAN: 9781938160790
ISBN: 1938160797
Publisher: BOA Editions
Dimensions: 22.35 x 14.73 x 0.76 centimetres (0.16 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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