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Memorial + Sight Lines

Megan Burns

ISBN 978-1935084006

80 pages: $10.00

April, 2008

 Megan Burns' paen to post-Katrina New Orleans tells us what it feels like to be at once at home and abandoned. The long poem "Memorial" takes us into the depths of the despair and horror that followed the storm: 

water is bending its knees

what kind of

worm went under

in every form

think on it

the irregular regularity of the rounded

out hollow

the segmented corpse


This, however, is followed by the series, "Sight Lines," whose meditations attempt to coax a new beginning from the disaster, a new dawn which sees:


the immortal possibililty

of getting it "right"         this time



Goodreads Reviews

Gary Parrish Review

Youtube of Megan Burns reading from Memorial + Sight Lines


Megan Burns edits the poetry magazine, Solid Quarter. She has been most recently published in Jacket Magazine, Callaloo, New Laurel Review, Trickhouse, and the Big Bridge New Orleans Anthology. Her poetry and prose reviews have been published in Tarpaulin Sky, Gently Read Lit, Big Bridge, and Rain Taxi. She has two recent chapbooks: irrational knowledge (Fell Swoop press, 2012) and a city/ bottle boned  (Dancing Girl Press, 2012). She lives in New Orleans where she and her husband, poet Dave Brinks, run the weekly 17 Poets! Literary and Performance Series and Trembling Pillow Press.