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Death Obscura, Rick Bursky


Death Obscura is a poetry of surreal glimpses. In these dark fragments, narratives are observed through the curtains. You could call Rick Bursky’s work California Gothic, inhabiting a moody Los Angeles where we move carefully or brazenly, well aware that the neighbors are watching. This is a sly, moving, and irresistible read.

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Rick Bursky was born and raised in New York City. Immediately following high school he spent four years as a paratrooper in the army. College would follow, earning Bursky a BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and an MFA from Warren Wilson College. His first full-length collection of poems, The Soup of Something Missing, was published by Bear Star Press (2004) after winning the Dorothy Brunsmen Poetry Prize. Hollyridge Press published his chapbook, The Invention of Fiction. He has twice been nominated for a Puchcart Prize and his poems have appeared in many journals including American Poetry ReviewIowa ReviewSouthern ReviewHarvard ReviewPrairie SchoonerBlack Warrior ReviewShenandoah, and New Letters. Rick works in advertising and teaches poetry at UCLA Extension. He lives in Los Angeles.