(In his convincing and highly accomplished fifth book, Ral...)
In his convincing and highly accomplished fifth book, Ralph Burns draws on his deep practice and experience. His tones, forms, and subjects are various and striking, the work of a poet mature and courageous enough to range through the full spectrum of his emotions. Sometimes Burns is haunted by the strength and fallibility of the Christian tradition, and in many of his poems he explores the conflicts between individuals and the larger world - the mystery and responsibility of choice, consequence and inconsequence, "the terror of being taken."
Burns received Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Montana in 1977.
Burns worked as a professor of creative writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, from 1985.
He has published six books of poems: Ghost Notes (2001), Swamp Candles (1996); Mozart’s Starling (1990); Any Given Day (1985); Windy Tuesday Nights (1984); and US (1983).
Burns has been published in many magazines including The Atlantic, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, and Field.
He currently resides in Fair Lawn, New Jersey.
Burns married Candace Wilson Calhoun, on October 10, 1974, and they have a son William.