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Some Recognition of the Joshua Lizard:
New and Selected Poems

by Robert Burlingame

Introduction by Joseph Rice

This book brings together poems representing Robert Burlingame’s long artistic career as writer and teacher. Inspiration and subjects for his work come from varied sources, especially nature, literature, history and relationships. His thoughtful observations and insights of life in the desert Southwest connect the reader with a powerful and vivid sense of place.

Some Recognition of the Joshua Lizard soars beyond our borders to settle on a high shelf in the library of our national poetry.”
            —ROBERTO BONAZZI, Poetic Diversity column, San Antonio Express-News, July, 2010
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“… offers up some of the most moving and artful poetry based on the region that I have ever read.”
                                                          —DAVE OLIPHANT, Texas Books in Review, Spring 2010
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“Robert Burlingame is a shining icon. Those of us in Texas and all over the country who have, for decades, turned to his poems for clarity and sustenance cheer this long-awaited generous collection.”

—NAOMI SHIHAB NYE, author of 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East

“I have waited a lifetime for this book, though Robert Burlingame's poetry changed my life a long time ago. When American poetry is examined in future generations, it will be clear that Robert is one of our finest, most important poets and these poems will leave an eternal mark. The reasons for their importance are numerous. For myself, is the fact this wonderful poet carries poems from his heart and soul and makes them the lifeblood of others. In other words, Robert Burlingame takes the most precious gift of language, allows it to originate as his own, then shows us the magical power of poetry.”

—RAY GONZALEZ, author of Consideration of the Guitar: New and Selected Poems

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Robert Burlingame is a graduate of the University of New Mexico, Brown (Ph. D.), and Fulbright Scholar, Queen Mary College, University of London. He taught in the graduate school at the University of Texas (El Paso) and has published poems in Texas Observer, Southwest Review, Pushcart Prize, South Dakota Review, Kansas Quarterly, Massachusetts Review, and many others. Burlingame lives on a ranch in West Texas with his wife Linda, an artist.