With an informed awareness of its own intertextuality – from American gunslingers and the Blues to the landscape of the Midwest – Wax wanders through the concrete and the abstract, language and idea, the patterned and the primordial. At once urgent and ecstatic, and always politically engaged, Burnette’s intricate collection is, above all, a celebration of the infinite ways that humans reform their world.

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Ian Burnette is from South Carolina. Their poems appear in Kenyonew, The Forward Book of Poetry 2015, the Adroit Journal, The North, and elsewhere. In 2015, they were selected by Tracy K. Smith for inclusion in Best New Poets. They are Publicity Intern and an Associate at Kenyon Review.