In The Stone Skippers, Burgham launches dazzling poems that explore the central core of our humanity upon the Canadian literary landscape. The poems examine how love is a territory we map with little skill. The speaker returns again and again to the distances we set up or have imposed upon ourselves by relationships of desire and love, all against the motif of conversations inner conversations, day-to-day conversations, one-sided conversations, unfinished and halting conversations.
THE CHERRY TREE IN WINTER
Reaching into midnight, mournful, naked,
you fallow weather’s whispers,
pull at your roots to climb the moonlight,
attempting to close the distance
while shots and booms of lake ice
argue in the dark, and howls of wolves fly
ecstatically out of the hills.
But you cannot sing till leaves
appear in the extravagant spring.
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