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Burgess Needle was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1941. He received a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts in 1967. Upon graduation he joined the Peace Corps and taught English as a Second Language in the village of Nang Rong, Thailand from 1967 to 1969. Following Peace Corps, he worked at a variety of jobs including: a factory that produced cans and a factory that produced rolls of plastic. Common sense eventually prevailed and he moved to Tucson, Arizona where he attended the University of Arizona where he earned an M.Ed with a minor in School Library Science. For the next thirty years he happily worked as a school librarian at various sites within the Tucson Unified School District. He was known for his fairly scary first person presentations on the life and times of Edgar Allan Poe and, since the ceiling of his library glowed with constellations, he also presented mythologies of the stars. During the 1980s he co-edited a poetry journal (with Michael Rattee) titled Prickly Pear/Tucson and for a few years was a co-facilitator with the Southern Arizona Writing Project. His first collection of poems, Every Crow in the Blue Sky, was published by Diminuendo Press in 2009. He is currently working on a novel and editing a journal he kept while teaching in Thailand. Burgess lives in Tucson, Arizona with his wife, Barbara. He may be reached at: burgessneedle@gmail.com.

Burgess Needle's work has appeared in the following publications: Ascent (Canada) Autumn Sky, Black Market Review (UK), Blackbox Manifold (UK), Blue Lake Review, Boston Literary Magazine, Brittle Star (UK), Camel Saloon, Centrifugal Eye, Clockwise Cat, Concho River Review, Connotation Press, Decanto [UK], decomp, Eunoia Review, Fat City Review, Fear of Monkeys, Flutter, Full of Crow, Gloom Cupboard, Gutter Eloquence, Hiss Quarterly, Iodine, ken*again, Kritya (India), Men Shall Know Nothing of This, Minotaur, Nutshell (UK), Obsessed With Pipework (UK), Of Zoos, Origami Condom, Peacock online Review, Pig In a Poke, Poetry Monthly International, Prick of the Spindle, Prism Review, Quill & Parchment, Raving Dove, Red Fez, Rufous City Review (UK), Snow Monkey, 10,000 Tons of Black Ink, Thirteen Myna Birds, Under the Radar (UK), Zafusy (UK), and Broadkill Review.

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The poems in this collection are all based on experiences, impression and thoughts I had while working in Thailand for the Peace Corps as an English teacher in the small village of Nang Rong in the northeast portion of that country not far from the Cambodian border. Although my adventures there took place close to 45 years ago, the memories remained fresh because the photographs I took and the journal I maintained, held those experiences as clear as a bee captured in amber. Although not all of the poems present Thailand in a totally positive light, I feel the cumulative impression of all the poems together equal a sense of the wonder, poignancy and gratitude I was left with of the Thai people and their magnificent culture.

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