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Nominated for the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) award in poetry for 2009.
|Alive as woods, these poems. Surprising in sound and rhythm, they are woven
of past and present, love and work. Minick moves from a childhood rooted in
farmer's wisdom-uncles', grandparents', father's--through the painful present
of personal, political, and environmental loss, to the deep peace of life on
the farm with his wife. Pain abides but there is also "the sun's own music"
played by a spider on the LP of her "dead-level web" ("Ghost Stump, Sun Music"). In the traditions of Jim Wayne Miller and James Still, Jim Minick
writes to save a world where love and hope are lifted in the leaves.
---George Ella Lyon
I challenge the readers of Burning Heaven to read "Dehorning," "The Brier's Last Days," "Dogs Unstack Wood," "Witness," or any other of these poems for that matter, and not get hooked--just try to put the book down. I confess, I could not. The softness and the edge in each poem took me to the next. ---Ron Houchin
During unsettled times such as the present, we look for the poems we read to offer us three qualities: perspective, instruction, and reason to hope. Jim Minick's Burning Heaven hands us all three in a collection which satisfies our need to both lament and to sing. Minick heeds Einstein's admonition that by going deeply into nature we will better understand the things we know. "We're making these calves into angels..." Minick's uncle tells him in "Dehorning", and that's exactly what Minick has done in this collection. He has taken the gawky calves of our regional past and of human nature and made of such earthy subjects a hymnody of instruction and praise. ---Dana Wildsmith
Jim Minick attends to these pages with the same caring hand and eye as an organic blueberry farmer--no pesticides, no additives, no artificial flavors. Every generation of poets has a writer whose real classroom is the great outdoors. Minick’s abiding love, respect, and attention to the natural world and his family’s place in it earns him this honorable distinction for our generation. ---Frank X Walker