Beverly Burch’s elegant new collection of poetry is an astonishingly stark and honest exploration of rupture and renewal, fearlessly and joyously observed. From the condensed, cryptic “Final Exam” poems woven through the book, to compelling and mysterious narratives, page after page of How a Mirage Works ($16.00) demands our attention. “Even the air's a risk,” Burch writes, and readers gladly take that risk, moved by—and into—the charged air of these powerful poems.
The range of subjects in Murray Silverstein’s Master of Leaves ($16.00)—from the mind of God, to a breakfast peach —astonishes and delights. The voice that moves through this expanse is as at home in the philosophical as it is in the colloquial. These are poems spoken by a son, husband, father, and grandfather, with a tenderness that never becomes sentimental. And there is so much music here, from the meditation on Monet at the beginning, to the stunning final sequence on dark and light that gives the book its title. These are poems that celebrate the multiple blessings of life and time.
Beverly Burch’s first book of poetry, Sweet to Burn, won the Gival Poetry Prize and a Lambda Literary Award. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in New England Review, Willow Springs, the Antioch Review, Southern Poetry Review, North American Review, and Southern Humanities Review. She is the author of two nonfiction books—On Intimate Terms and Other Women —and has a psychotherapy practice in Berkeley, California.
Murray Silverstein’s first poetry collection, Any Old Wolf, received an Independent Publisher medal for poetry. Silverstein produced the Sixteen Rivers compact disc, Naming the Rivers, and served as executive editor for the press’s anthology, The Place That Inhabits Us: Poems of the San Francisco Bay Watershed. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including the Brooklyn Review, Hunger Mountain, The Louisville Review, Nimrod, Poetry East, and Rattle. A practicing architect and coauthor of four books about architecture, Silverstein lives in Oakland, California.
These two works are the thirty-first and thirty-second books to be published by Sixteen Rivers Press, a poetry collective dedicated to providing an alternative publishing avenue for Bay Area poets. Please join us for a night of poetry with these two local writers.