Alice Burdick

ISBN 978-1-77126-109-8
$17.00 CDN/USA
128 pages


In her ground-breaking fourth collection, Alice Burdick’s playful and challenging—and often surreal—poems are deeply imbued with the landscape of Nova Scotia’s south shore, as well as her own inner landscape, and the landscape of family. Her poems explore, too, the human vessel in which we carry pain, memory, joy, and existential bewilderment. Book of Short Sentences expands the rich palette of this highly praised poet’s work.


“Her lines are deceptively elementary, but it’s not simplicity they produce, but complex comprehension.”
—George Elliott Clarke, The Halifax Chronicle-Herald

“Burdick [focuses] closely on the sound and spark of her language, often making startling leaps in logic, tone, and theme from one stanza to the next. This imbues the work with a pleasing surrealistic energy.”
—David Barrick, Matrix

“An odd oracular voice of someone standing apart and commenting on what she observes floods these utterances. Burdick’s observations merit our attention.”
—Lily Iona MacKenzie, Prairie Fire

“An intelligent bold voice without pomp and ceremony.… One gets the impression Burdick could be hiding behind us watching our every misstep, or pointing out spit on the pavement before we slip.”
—Candice Daquin, Northern Poetry Review

“These poems bristle with wonderful shocks to perception—intellectual, visceral, and hallucinatory.”
—Lance La Rocque, The Drunken Boat

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