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Burt Kimmelman was born and raised in New York City. He received a BA from SUNY Cortland in 1983, an MA from Hunter College, CUNY, in 1987, and a PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center in 1991.

He is the author of several poetry collections, including Gradually the World: New and Selected Poems, 1982–2013 (BlazeVOX Books, 2013), As If Free (Talisman House, 2009), and Musaics (Spuyten Duyvil, 1992).

Susan Howe writes, “The specificity of Kimmelman’s poems has, for more than thirty years, been a singularly locating force. It situates us in space, in relation to the luminosity of objects, art, and one another.”

Kimmelman is also the editor of The Facts on File Companion to 20th-Century American Poetry (Facts on File, 2005). He currently serves as a professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he has taught since 1988.


Bibliography
Gradually the World: New and Selected Poems, 1982–2013 (BlazeVOX Books, 2013)
The Way We Live (Dos Madres Press, 2011)
As If Free (Talisman House, 2009)
Somehow (Marsh Hawk Press, 2005)
The Pond at Cape May Point (Marsh Hawk Press, 2003)
First Life (Jensen/Daniels, 2000)
Musaics (Spuyten Duyvil, 1992)

Prose
The “Winter Mind”: William Bronk and American Letters (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1998)
The Poetics of Authorship in the Later Middle Ages: The Emergence of the Modern Literary Persona (Peter Lang, 1996)

Making the Bed

for D.



Summer country. In the morning the leaves
bend

to the window and fold
the house in. Mountains and sun. I fold

the blankets, hand smooth. When
you’re here

I know it. The sun crosses

the hand’s breadth—

and in your face

the unenterable
image. Under

your eyelids
night unfolds. Pull

the blanket over you
and with it

the darkened air.

"Making the Bed" from Somehow, copyright © 2005 by Burt Kimmelman. Used by permission of Marsh Hawk Press.

"Making the Bed" from Somehow, copyright © 2005 by Burt Kimmelman. Used by permission of Marsh Hawk Press.

Burt Kimmelman

Burt Kimmelman is the author of Gradually the World: New and Selected Poems, 1982–2013 (BlazeVOX Books, 2013), As If Free (Talisman House, 2009), and others. He teaches a the New Jersey Institute of Technology.