Page count: 96
Publication date: 2014
How a Mirage Works
“Over and over, the world is rendered in the most exacting of visual details. But it isn’t just the world that is scrutinized. Even individual words, like rejection, must withstand this poet’s particular gaze : … This is a fine and well-wrought collection of poems that reward with each and every reading.”
—C. Dale Young, author of Torn
“How A Mirage Works is marked by a subtle, free-flowing music and an almost surgical attention to sensuous, definitive detail.”
—Cyrus Cassells, author of The Crossed-Out Swastika
Book Reviews: How a Mirage Works
Review in Foreword Reviews, New Pages, and Michael Dennis’ blog.
“a powerful collection of poems…. and the poems stay alive long after they have been read. A poet’s voice as richly nuanced as hers is a rare and always welcome thing.”- Thomas Ogden, author of The Parts Left Out: A Novel
BEVERLY BURCH’s previous poetry collection, Sweet to Burn (Gival Press, 2004, won the Gival Poetry Prize and a Lambda Literary Award. Two non-fiction books on psychoanalytic theory and sexual orientation have also been published: On Intimate Terms (U. of Ill. Press) and Other Women (Columbia University Press). An Atlanta native, she’s lived most of her adult life in the Bay Area and has a psychotherapy practice in Berkeley, CA.
Watch a video of Beverly Burch’s reading at the 2014 Petaluma Poetry Walk.
Podcast of Beverly reading at KUSP, in Santa Cruz, California.