The smell of rain. / Or, then again, // the smell of an azalea. / Or the sea.
She folds a piece of typing paper / into a house. Let’s live here, she says
Five years into your child’s illness, / when you can no longer conceive of life / without its dank presence, you see / a blanched sky bearing a trace of rose / and the moon, risen huge—
We've thought of how sunlight falls to the pavement / like rain, gathers in the gutters, slides toward the grates.
Every time someone dies / it feels like / another victory for me.
Burt’s riddles are a clever solution to the problem of how to communicate specific personal experience in a way that maintains a modicum of the universal, a problem she has explored in her criticism.
Somehow we knew your granddaughter / would need calm. We named her for what carries on.
if you have a favorite cup remember it might be broken
Life is not like Beckett. / Only Beckett is like Beckett.