Alice Burdick is the author of four full-length poetry collections, Simple Master, Flutter, Holler, and Book of Short Sentences. A book of selected poems, Deportment: The Poetry of Alice Burdick, was published in 2018 by Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Her work has also appeared in many chapbooks, broadsides, folios, magazines, journals, and anthologies. She has been a judge for various awards, including the bpNichol Chapbook Award and the Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize. She also visits elementary and high school English classes as a “Poet In Your Class” (through Poetry in Voice/les Voix de la Poésie) and has led workshops through the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia. She co-owns an independent bookstore in Lunenburg called Lexicon Books.
"This poem responds to Madman's Drum: A Novel in Woodcuts by Lynd Ward (1930). My mother, a visual artist, had a first edition of this book, and I inherited it when she died in 1994. Ward's work has always been incredibly powerful to me, each woodcut print a poem, a story, and a feeling in itself."