Steven Burns
2015 unpublished
Poems For Boys examines how the proliferation, absence, or destruction of male influences -fathers, grandfathers, sons, friends, and coworkers -work to establish or disfigure masculine identity, a composition welded together with feigned strength, emotional silence, and an often quiet love. These poems travel along copper creeks, hover over miniature trains, stomp in football fields, hold chainsaws, and churn in the cannons of sunken battleships. With sincerity, patience, cadence, both lyrical
more » ... ence, both lyrical and narrative, these poems hope to edge the reader closer to Burns' depiction of masculinity. ii