Paper $16.00 ISBN: 9780979436505 Published August 2009

Cartography of Water

Mike Burwell

Mike Burwell

Distributed for North Shore Press

77 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2007
Paper $16.00 ISBN: 9780979436505 Published August 2009

Mike Burwell’s poetry is hauntingly evocative, palpably conveying his love of the natural world and of Alaska as he navigates his reader on a steady current of powerful images. Burwell’s poems evoke Alaska’s landscapes, and each poem is a thoughtful mapping of the world around him.

 “Here, in Cartography of Water, the quietude of the untamed, wilder world is kept company by the wilderness of one man’s longing and loud ache. Wolves appear, and bears, and the rusty remnants of old miners’ dreams. . . . Against the beauty and terror of life, the poet holds to words which manage, in turn, to capture and hold up for us some remnant of the brief joys of his world, actual and imagined.”—Anne Caston

Contents
  1. Islands

 

Wash Silver

Making the Island

Headlands

Dream Island

Eagle on the Cape

Rain for Two Days

Morning Prayer to Water

Summer on the Out Island

 

  1. Rain and Work

 

The Puget Sound

Don’t See a Thing

The Right Place in Oregon

Seaskin: South Alaska

The Road Around Big Salt

Gulf Time

Dark Lady

Wet Roads

Black Bear Lake

Sister

 

  1. Light

 

The Things We Do

Winter Haiku

Knives

Montague Island: Spring

Dusk that Escaped

Three Days with the Spring Gods and How Aphrodite Visited Me

Belly of Light

Kalsin Bay

September Lights

Fourth of July

Ground Light

Three Small Summer Poems

 

  1. Yukon

 

Great Grandfather on the River

The Lake at Northway

Already There

Transfiguration by Water

Miner’s Cabin

Eddy at Sharp Cape

Bank of the River

With the Dead at Forty-Mile

 

  1. Son

Alone

Seeing the Mountains in Winter, I Think of My Son

Joy

Pictures at Swan Lake

The Perseids

Coma: A Poem for My Son

 

  1. Your Land

Raven

Your Land

Four Seasons

Curry Ridge

Two Cranes

Maybe Twice a Year

In the Middle of Winter the Water Taxi Leaves the Dock at Jakolof Bay

Heritage Falls

Winter Light

Ritual

Portage Creek Passage

Wolf at Beaver Creek

Pioneer Ridge Pried Open

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