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A Necessary Explosion: Collected Poems





"Dan Burns has now earned a place in my bookcase of great poets and great poetry. I was not surprised to learn that Dan Burns is of Irish heritage, linked to a pedigree of the great Irish poets, including many of my favorites: W. B. Yeats, S. Beckett, S. Heaney, T. Moore. Burns' poetry does justice to this great Irish heritage."


T.L. Needham, Windy City Reviews



A Necessary Explosion is an act Dan Burns performs daily to expel the stories pressing on his mind. Only by getting words down onto the page can he make room for all that comes next. Exploring the themes of life, love, family, writing, music, travel, history, and humanity's future, this collection artfully conveys the words of a craftsman in relatable, accessible poems.
In "Afterimage," a man struggles with his diminishing memory but takes comfort in knowing that he can always recall the image of the only woman he ever loved. READ THE POEM
"Worlds Traveler" stands as a dedication to, and remembrance of, Ray Bradbury and his influence on the author. READ THE POEM
"A Necessary Explosion" explores the cranial pressure that builds as a result of life's experiences and the need for humans to release that pressure to survive. READ THE POEM
Each of the seventy-five poems in this collection offers a glimpse into the mind of a hopeful poet and storyteller. They will make you consider your place in the world and leave you contemplating the magic of poetry.


Including ten custom interior illustrations by the incomparable Daniele Serra (Stephen King, Clive Barker).


Hardcover First Edition (June 25, 2021), Illustrated, 178 pages, Signed by the author.
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