Skip to Main Content

Ovid at Fifteen

Ovid at Fifteen

Winner of the 2002 Green Rose Prize

Christopher Bursk's latest collection is not just profoundly honest; it is profoundly brave. These astonishing poems explore the space between sensuality, sexuality, and love--a landscape in which flawed human beings give birth to the flawed human beings who will one day take care of them, each generation screwing up even as it adds to the universal fund of beauty and compassion. Above all, Ovid at Fifteen reminds us what it means to feel the wonder of life too keenly--to "want to throw yourself / off the cliff, plunge / into the very heart of color." If Bursk's ordinary yet mythic heroes hold back, they do so not out of cowardice but because they remember what happened to Icarus. And so they watch, and dream, and feel, and thus "make a living / out of aching . . ." The greatness of this book lies in its immortalizing that ache, that delicious pain.

"In Ovid at Fifteen, Christopher Bursk returns to myth again and again, finding it transformed each time and then allowing it to transform us. Like Ovid before him, he examines transformation in particular, and in his hands it becomes a metaphor for growing, aging, changing . . . In Ovid at Fifteen, Bursk does walk familiar grounds, but in walking them we discover along with him that those grounds are never the way we'd remembered them, that even the common things that haunt them 'sparrows, blue jays, dragonflies' are in constant flux and still have the capacity to delight and move." --Maia McAleavey, Poet Lore

"What poem after poem in Ovid at Fifteen presents is a delicious and delirium-fraught sense of being overwhelmed by having a body capable of pleasures so intense they beg comparison with Whitman's lines in 'Song of Myself' where he says, 'breathe the fragrance myself and know it and likeit;/ The distillation would intoxicate me also, but I shall not let it.'. . . Bursk's persona in Ovid at Fifteen does succumb to the intoxication. He suggests through the narratives that he repeatedly flirted with answering the question of whether he would pay the ultimate price to get the whole experience of life with a resounding Yes." --Bill Tremblay, American Book Review, May-June 2004

Stock number:978-1-930974-25-8 Price:$14.00

Cookies Required

You must have session cookies enabled in your web browser before you can add items to your shopping cart. These cookies are not written to your computer's hard drive. They allow your selections to be saved while you shop, and are then deleted when you close your browser or log out of your registered user session.

Web Browsers

This site is designed to work with Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or later and Mozilla Firefox 1.0 or later. Other types of web browsers may work, but some pages may not display correctly in all cases.

Tips for Registered Users

If you are a registered user, your profile information is stored securely for your use in future visits. Use the "My Account" page to keep your information up to date:

Current Address:

Keep your current address and your contact phone numbers up to date.

E-mail and Password:

If your e-mail address changes, be sure to update it so you will receive your order and shipping confirmations. Also, change your password regularly for increased security.

Payment Methods:

If available, you can securely save new payment methods or update existing ones -- for instance, update your credit card expiration date.

Order Tracking & History:

Check the current status of your orders and view past orders.

My Memberships:

Authenticate yourself as a member of a special group. This may allow you to view and purchase products or services available only to members of that group.

Shipping Addresses:

Edit and manage your saved shipping addresses. For instance, you might save your grandma's address under the nickname "Grandma". Then during checkout, you'll be able to select from your list of shipping addresses. Data fields will automatically be filled in for you.

New Issues Poetry and Prose

Shipping Class: standard

Delivery Method Base Charge Per Additional Item Charge
None $0.00 $0.00
Walk-In $40.00 $0.00
US Mail $1.50 $1.00
International $157.62 $0.00
UPS $5.00 $0.50
Returns accepted for refund (minus shipping) as long as merchandise is in new, salable condition.