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CM Burroughs has been a fellow of Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, and Cave Canem Foundation. Her debut book of poems is The Vital System, Tupelo Press 2012. Burroughs’s poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies including Best American Experimental Poetry, Ploughshares, jubilat, Callaloo, VOLT, and Bat City Review. Burroughs is Assistant Professor of Poetry at Columbia College of Chicago.
I am constantly on the lookout for teachable texts, and I have gathered these five with the ambition that they might teach not only my students, but teach me, too, how beauty and brutality continue to coexist in verse and in our world.