The HyperTexts

Michael R. Burch Bio and Curriculum Vitae

Michael R. Burch is an American poet who lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife Beth, their son Jeremy, and three outrageously spoiled puppies. His poems, epigrams, translations, essays, articles, reviews, short stories and letters have appeared more than 4,500 times in publications which include TIME, USA Today, The Hindu, BBC Radio 3,, Daily Kos, The Washington Post, The Brunei Times, Elephant Journal, and hundreds of literary journals, websites and blogs. Burch is also the founder and editor-in-chief of The HyperTexts, a former columnist for the Nashville City Paper and, according to Google, a relevant online publisher of poems about the Holocaust, Hiroshima, the Trail of Tears, Darfur, Haiti, Gaza and the Palestinian Nakba. Burch's poetry has been translated into fourteen languages and set to music by the composers Mark Buller, Alexander Comitas and Seth Wright. 

Awards and Achievements: Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The HyperTexts; five Pushcart Prize nominations; winner of 49 awards in writing contests; peace activist and author of the Burch-Elberry Peace Initiative; librettist for The Children of Gaza; former editor of International Poetry and Translations for Better Than Starbucks; Marquis Who's Who Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement honoree; Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies 

Books: Violets for Beth (White Violet Press, 2012); O, Terrible Angel (Ancient Cypress Press, 2013); Auschwitz Rose is in the chute but has been long delayed

Anthologies: Words That Burn (Amnesty International), Blood to Remember (Holocaust), Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, Famous Poets & Poems, Life & Legends, Writer's Digest—The Year's Best Writing, Potcake Chapbooks, The Bible of Hell, How Sweet the Night (CD), Velvet Avalanche, Love Me Knots, Voices Israel, Washing the Color of Water Golden (Hurricane Katrina), The Best of The Eclectic Muse, Poems for Big Kids, Liberty's Vigil (Occupy Wall Street), A Fancy of Formalities, several others

Textbooks: Several poems and translations have been included in high school and college courseware, including a high school textbook published by National Geographic Learning

Literary Journals: Angle, Asses of Parnassus, The Aurorean, Black Medina, Blue Unicorn, Boston Poetry Magazine, Brief Poems, Byline, The Chariton Review, The Chimaera, Contemporary Rhyme, The Eclectic Muse, Erosha, First Things, The Flea, Icon, Light Quarterly, Lighten Up Online, The Lyric, Measure, Nebo, Penny Dreadful, Poem Today, Poet Lore, Poetry Super Highway, The Raintown Review, Romantics Quarterly, Southwest Review, Writer's Digest, Writer’s Gazette, Writer’s Journal Unlikely Stories, Verse Weekly, and hundreds more

Letters: Well over a hundred letters have been published by major newspapers and magazines including TIME, USA Today, The Hindu,, Daily Kos, The Washington Post, The Tennessean, The Brunei Times

Most Popular Online Articles
: Early Poems; Rejection Slips; Epigrams and Quotes; No Hell in the Bible; The Most Beautiful Poems in the English Language; The Best Erotic Poems; The Best Limericks

Poems Set to Music: "I Pray Tonight" by composer Mark Buller; "How Long the Night" by composer Seth Wright; the lyrics of Children of Gaza by composer Alexander Comitas (Eduard de Boer) including "Frail Envelope of Flesh," "Mother's Smile" and "Where Does the Butterfly Go?"

YouTube videos by Lillian Y. Wong: "Ali's Song," "Something," "Survivors," "At Wilfred Owen's Grave," "Auschwitz Rose"

YouTube readings by Jasper Sole: "Moments," "Something," "Enigma"

Most Published and Awarded Poems: "Epitaph," "Frail Envelope of Flesh," "Tremble," "See," "Ali's Song," "Ordinary Love," "Isolde's Song," "In Flight Convergence," "Neglect," "Something," "Auschwitz Rose," "Abide," "Bible Libel," "Child of 9-11," "Flight 93," "Salat Days," "Passionate One," "Redolence," "Love Has a Southern Flavor," "Discrimination"

Most Popular Translations and Modernizations: Basho, Bertolt Brecht, Robert Burns, Caedmon, Paul Celan, Thomas Chatterton, Geoffrey Chaucer, William Dunbar, Ahmad Faraz, Atilla Ilhan, Allama Iqbal, Ono no Komachi, Primo Levi, Plato (epigram), Miklos Radnoti, Rainer Maria Rilke, Sappho, Sir Thomas Wyatt, "Bede's Death Song", "Caedmon's Hymn," "Deor's Lament," "Fowles in the Frith," "Lament for the Makaris," "Sweet Rose of Virtue," "Whoso List to Hunt," "The Wife's Lament," "Wulf and Eadwacer," Native American blessings and proverbs, Urdu love poems


Oxford University called The HyperTexts "dynamic and challenging" with a "different approach" to poetry, on its ARCH resource page for the Arts & Humanities. The full entry can be read here.
"Some of the best poetry on the web."―Vera Ignatowitsch, editor-in-chief of Better Than Starbucks
"The HyperTexts reads like a Who's Who in contemporary poetry today."—Michael Morton, Director of the Net Poetry & Arts Competition

The following timeline provides more detailed information about when poems were first published, and how some of them came to be written; for instance, the timeline explains how the phrase "Frail envelope of flesh!" (uttered by a super villain in a comic book) inspired the poem with that title ...

Michael R. Burch Timeline and Extended Biography

Career highlights are bolded and underlined.

1958: Michael R. Burch was born on February 19, 1958 in Orlando, Florida. His English mother, Christine Ena Hurt, was a loving, compassionate and selfless mother and homemaker. He wrote the poem "Mother's Smile" in her honor; it placed first in a Penguin Books poetry contest in 2008. His American father, Paul Ray Burch Jr., was a 20-year man in the United States Air Force.

1959: Burch and his mother lived with her parents, George Edwin Hurt and Christine Ena Spouse, in Mattersey, England, while his father was stationed at Thule, Greenland. Thus Burch grew up speaking with an English accent (long since lost). Burch was talking nonstop at a very early age. In fact, his grandfather got in a fight with a co-worker who called him a liar, saying it wasn't possible for two-year-olds to say such things! But Burch was evidently just getting warmed up ...

1960: When his father returned from Thule, the family was reunited in Gainsborough, England. Burch lived in England for approximately five years, altogether. His sisters Sandra Jane Burch and Debra Leigh Burch were both born there. One of his earliest memories was going to the hospital to collect Debby after her puzzling appearance. Where did babies come fromstorks, really?

1963: The family moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, where Burch attended kindergarten. He still had an English accent, because his teacher criticized him for pronouncing "been" as "bin." But c'mon, who invented the language? There are memories of his mother weeping over President John F. Kennedy's funeral, and another little boy saluting ...

1964: First grade in Lincoln, Nebraska. The first book Burch fell in love with was Charlotte's Web, read to the class by his teacher, one chapter per day. His favorite poem was "The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes, which his mother sometimes recited from memory to her enthralled children.

1965: Second grade in Lincoln, Nebraska. The class practiced ducking under wooden desks for "protection" against Russian nukes.

1966: Third grade. The Burches moved to Nashville, Tennessee. They would live for a time with Paul Burch's mother, Lillian Lee, and her second husband, Eric Lee. The Lees owned a small grocery store on Sixth Avenue South, close to downtown Nashville. The Burches later moved into a house in Donelson, a suburb of Nashville. They were joined there by Paul Ray Burch Sr., who was unmarried at the time. Burch would later write "Salat Days" about his childhood discovery of the reason his grandfather went hunting a noxious weed that had to be boiled multiple times before it could be eaten! Grandpa Burch took the Burch kids to see their first movie: James Bond in Thunderball.

1967: Fourth grade. The Burches moved to Roseville, California, a suburb of Sacramento. It was very hot, so most time away from school was spent at the community swimming pool. Burch was a small, often-frustrated perfectionist. If he made a writing mistake, he would tear up the whole page and start over. He was bullied by an older girl named Sarjanne and would later write a poem about the experience: "The sky opens wide / in a land of no rain, / and who are you to bring me such pain?"

1968: Fifth grade. The Burches moved to Wiesbaden, Germany. They would live for two years in a tiny German hamlet, Bischofsheim, while waiting for base housing. Because there were no American boys to play with, and no English-language radio or TV stations, Burch began to visit the base library, taking out the maximum eight books, reading them in a few days, then taking out eight more, and repeating. His English language skills zoomed far above the norm for his age. He tested at a college sophomore reading level and was placed in a reading group of one, where he studied writers like Austen, Dickens, Hardy and Twain. Around this time Burch read a comic book in which a super villain screamed "Frail envelope of flesh!" at a super hero. Burch was struck by the power of the words and never forgot them. His poem "Frail Envelope of Flesh," composed thirty years later in 1998, would become one of his more popular poems on the Internet.

1969: Sixth grade in Wiesbaden, Germany. The Burches watched Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon at a friend's house (still no TV set). Burch developed his first crushes on girls: CM and MC. He was also falling in love with music that would later influence his poetry: Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Neil Diamond, Aretha Franklin, The Zombies, Cream, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Animals, The Doors, Sly and the Family Stone, The Bee Gees, Aaron Neville, CCR, Jackie Wilson, Frankie Valli, et al.

1970: Seventh grade in Wiesbaden, Germany. Burch is six-foot-two, thin as a rail, and has added a new passion: basketball.

1971: Eighth grade in Wiesbaden, Germany. By this time Burch has read hundreds of books: Austen, Bronte, Chaucer, Dickens, Defoe, Joyce, Melville, Shakespeare, Twain, Verne, Voltaire, Whitman, Wilde, et al. He has also read extensively about subjects he finds of interest, such as nature, animals, dinosaurs, evolution, ancient history, the age of chivalry, warfare and modern science. He doesn't particularly like math, but is good at it.

1972: Ninth grade. The Burches moved to Goldsboro, North Carolina, where Burch finds himself far ahead of his classmates. It was around this time, age 14 to 15, that Burch began to write poetry. It quickly became an obsession. His first poem, never published, was titled "Happiness." It compared happiness to a bubble that is always in danger of bursting. His second poem, "Playmates," was about boys who grow up not foreseeing the dark days that lie ahead. Ironically, that meant the young poet did. Other poems from this period include "Time," "Am I," "An Illusion," "Have I Been Too Long at the Fair," and "Smoke" (the latter a poem inspired by an ad for the movie Summer of '42.) His poems "Burn, Ovid" and "Sex 101" were written about his experiences at Faith Christian Academy in Goldsboro, although they were composed from memory later. Burch was the starting center on the FCA junior varsity basketball team.

1973: Tenth grade. Paul Burch Jr. retired from the Air Force and the Burches relocated permanently to Nashville, Tennessee. There Burch attended Maplewood High School, where he was once again far ahead of his classmates. It was at Maplewood that Burch began flipping through his English literature textbook, reading poems independently. He found some of the poems to be quite magical and decided that he wanted to produce similar magic himself. Poets he found especially magical included William Blake, e. e. cummings, Robert Frost, T. S. Eliot, A. E. Housman, Sylvia Plath, Dylan Thomas and W. B. Yeats. While at Maplewood, Burch included some of his poems in an English project notebook. His teacher, Anne Myers, wrote "This poem is beautiful!" beside "Playmates" and she also complimented "Time." Other poems in the notebook included "Paradise" and "I Remember You." Around this time, in a moment of frustration, Burch destroyed all his poems. The ones in his project notebook were saved, along with a few others that he was able to recreate from memory. The rest were lost forever or remain incomplete. Burch had his first dates, with MB. 

1974: Eleventh grade. The first poem that made Burch think he might be a "real" poet was "Observance" (originally titled "Reckoning"), which he wrote in the break room of the McDonald's where he worked to make spending money for college. It would be published by TC Broadsheet Verses in 1998, earning a whopping ten dollars, and also by Nebo and Piedmont Literary Review the same year. "Leave Taking" was originally a stanza in a longer poem, "Jessamyn's Song," written around this time. "Canticle" was written surreptitiously in Ms. Davenport's class while her back was turned. Burch was MVP of the Ewing Baptist church league team. Tricky Dick Nixon finally resigned, due to Watergate.

1975: Twelfth grade. Burch had a number of poems published in Maplewood's literary journal, The Lantern, including "An Illusion," "Why Did I Go," "Have I Been Too Long at the Fair" and "Smoke."  Burch also wrote his first "cummings-ish" poem, "i (dedicated to u)" during an English class. Burch was MVP of the Ewing Baptist church league team for a second time. Meanwhile, Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft.

1976: College freshman. Burch graduated near the top of his class despite working 40+ hours per week his senior year and thus not studying or turning in homework assignments consistently. He still managed to earn the highest ACT and CLEPT scores in Maplewood's history, with a perfect score on the latter. He also earned two academic scholarships and decided to study computer science at Tennessee Technological University (TTU) in Cookeville, Tennessee, which at that time had a top-ten computer science program. At TTU the dean of the English Department, Dr. Warren, had Burch pulled out of the freshman pre-registration line and brought to his office, where he tried to persuade him to major in English or Journalism. However, not wanting to be a starving writer, Burch stuck to his plan to major in computer science. At TTU, Burch skipped a lot of classes and focused his energies on mastering billiards and video games, including the original Space Invaders. He won TTU's straight pool tournament, qualified for the NCAA regionals, but then partied, got drunk for the first time in his life, and missed the bus to the next tournament! The girl of his dreams got mad at him for being too drunk to perform, and he lost her to a slightly more sober graduate student. Ouch! He also won Cookeville eight-ball and Space Invaders tournaments. Poems from this period include "Infinity" (the second poem that made Burch feel like a "real" poet), "Death/Styx" and "These Hallowed Halls." The latter was written from his freshman dorm window, as he watched students returning from rush week fraternity parties. "Something" was the first poem Burch wrote that didn't rhyme; it came to him "out of blue nothing." He also earned membership in the Alpha Lamda Delta and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies.

1977: College sophomore. A highly Romantic poem from this time period is "Floating," which would be published by Romantics Quarterly in 2002. Another is "Impressions of Darkness in the Aspects of Light," a long poem Burch disguised as prose by removing the line breaks for a creative fiction writing assignment. "Smoke," "Stryx," "Gentry," "Jack," "When Last My Love Left Me" and "With My Daughter, By a Waterfall" were published in TTU's literary journal, Homespun.

1978: College co-op. Burch won TTU's R. H. Moorman Award and a cash prize (well, actually a bond) for having the highest grades in the TTU Math/Computer Science/Physics department. He was the brightest of the bright, the nerdiest of the nerds! "A Pledge for Ignorance" was the first poem published in Homespun. "In Jerusalem" was also published by Homespun. Burch chose to co-op for a year, which he did with South Central Bell, in Nashville. At the time SCB was a division of AT&T, the largest non-government organization in the world. Burch wrote a manual on IBM Binary Synchronous Protocol for SCB. He also designed and wrote a network outage tracking system on a Cromemco Z-28 CP/M computer system. This was one of the first multi-user microcomputers. John Palmer, a division manager at SCB, was impressed and hired Burch to work for Surya Data Systems, where he designed and wrote a Property Management software package. While working for SCB, Burch met some serious pool players and started gambling with colorful sharks like Andrew "the Gent" Gentry, Doug "Preacher" Almy, and players known to him only as "Jew Baby," "Catfish," "Chicken Man" and "Mole." There were days when Burch made more money hustling pool than programming. He used the winnings from one match to buy a $700 pool cue. A highly Romantic poem from this time period is "The Communion of Sighs." While working the midnight shift at SCB, Burch put together a typed poetry collection, Just a Dream. Some of the poems included were "Reflections on the Loss of Vision," "Shadows," "An Obscenity Trial," "Sailor's Dreams" (later re-titled "Sea Dreams"), "Sanctuary at Dawn," "There Is Peace Where I Am Going" and "Jessamyn's Song." (These were mostly poems written during his teens.) Burch wrote his bleak "Premonition" after attending an SCB office party.

1979: Burch returned to TTU for his junior year. He joined the Kappa Alpha fraternity but it was not officially recognized at the time and was mostly an excuse to have a frat house and keg parties. "Shadows" was published by Homespun. After completing his junior year, Burch dropped out to start his own computer software company, Alpha Omega Consulting Group. He earned over 11K. That was not bad money in those days, for a college student working part-time!

1980: College senior drop-out. Burch became the lead software developer for Computer Consultants Inc., freelanced via Alpha Omega, and still found time to shoot pool, master video games, and chase women. He had his first serious relationship with MM, who would become the object of a number of his early love poems. For the next decade-and-a-half Burch would write poetry with few serious attempts attempts to publish it. During this period Burch designed and wrote software for a record outlet and a publishing company.

1981: The only poem from this period appears to be "Tomb Lake." Burch designed and wrote an Auto Dealership software package. Burch went to Chatanooga with Doug "Preacher" Almy to watch the 1981 U.S. Open Nine-Ball Tournament. "St. Louis" Louie Roberts won, beating Buddy "The Rifleman" Hall in the process. Burch dated MJ briefly.

1982: Burch designed and wrote a Job Cost accounting software system for construction companies. He bought a Camaro Z-28 Indy Pace car, his first sports car. He vacationed in England for a month, staying with relatives at an ancient cottage called "Throstle's Nest." He dated MC briefly.

1983: Burch dated MM. They decided to live together, but she didn't tell her parents. Awkward! Burch buys his first house at 836 Beech Bend Drive in Bellevue, Tennessee.

1984: Burch, MM, DF and RF vacation in Destin at a swanky $450,000 Edgewater Beach condo. Burch figures out from the owner list that Nashville's mayor, the appropriately-named Bill Boner, had been "gifted" a condo by one of Burch's well-heeled construction clients. Fraud is everywhere!

1985: Burch, MM, DF and RF vacation in Miami and the Florida Keys. They visit Ernest Hemingway's and Jimmy Buffet's favorite watering holes. Burch begins playing pool for a bar called Springwater. Later that year, his first dates with CC.

1986: Springwater's Busch pool league team finished second in the city tournament, advanced to Memphis for the regionals, won two rounds, then lost in the finals to Nashville's J.O.B. team. A Memphis vacation with MM. Burch dated BM and wrote "Musings at Giza" based on her recollections of a trip to Egypt. First date with SK at Julian's. Burch very briefly dated Dan Fouts' sister.

1987: Oak Ridge trip with BM. First date with KT at Kobe, but she was weird about her cat. One date with a young woman who later took her own life led to "For Rhonda with Butterflies." Destin trip with KT, but more weirdness about her cat. First date with AO; she was part Cuban, part Seminole, and part Italian. Very hot! Another England trip with bed-and-breakfast tours of Wales, Stratford-on-Avon, Chesterfield, Chattsworth Hall and London. On the return flight from Gatwick the pilot had to jettison fuel and return for flap repairs. Panic! MM moves out.

1988: Back together with MM. Burch bought a second house in Bellevue at 7324 River Bend Rd. Movin' on up!

1989: Destin trip with MM, DF, RF and two friends. MM moves out again.

1990: MM moves back in, then out again. A third England trip with a bed-and-breakfast tour of Scotland and the northeastern coast: Loch Lomond, Stirling Castle, Calendar, Edinburgh Castle, North Berwick, Lindisfarne. Also visited the Lake District, Lake Windemere, York, Yorkminster Cathedral, Scarborough (stayed in a converted windmill!), the Yorkshire Dales, and Alton Towers. It was the hottest English summer on record, with temperatures as high as 99. Dates with KM, LA and RA.

1991: Burch meets Elizabeth Harris on 1-5-1991 at the Natchez Trace bar in Bellevue, Tennessee. She asks him to teach her to play pool and they invent "twister pool." First real date with Beth at Sperry's on 1-11-1991. Burch writes Beth the poems "Enigma" and "Is the Mirror Unkind" for Valentine's Day. Another date at Sperry's. Met Beth's grandparents at Justine's in Memphis. Things are getting serious for the confirmed bachelor! Later, a May trip to Destin with Beth and Burch's parents, sisters, aunts and uncles. Beth moves in. Chatanooga trip with Beth and English cousins. Visitied Lookout Mountain, Ruby Falls and the Chatanooga Choo-Choo. Beth sang “Mockingbird” with one of the singing waiters. A very daring girl! On 8-31-91 Beth asked Burch to marry her! A very daring girl! On 11-07-91 Grandma Lee died, a grand, very independent woman.

1992: Michael R. Burch married Elizabeth Harris in Warren, Arkansas on 6-27-1992.

1993: Michael R. Burch and Elizabeth Harris Burch have a son, Jeremy Michael Burch. Burch's poems "The Desk," "Lullaby," "Passages on Fatherhood" and "A Real Story," among others, would be written for his son. Burch began submitting poems for publication after a long hiatus. "Musings at Giza" was published by Golden Isis, "In the Whispering Night" and "Moon Lake" by The Poetic Knight.

1994: "Lay Down Your Arms" was published by The Romanticist.

1997: Burch began to study the ancient Celtic legends that inspired the much later, heavily Christianized legends of King Arthur, Merlin, and the Knights of the Round Table. He prefered the older stories and wrote a cycle of poems on the subject, including "At Tintagel," "Truces" and "Isolde's Song." A number of the poems were written on a single day, 7-13-1997. Burch thinks his poems are good enough to be published, but where to submit them? Around this time he discovers a book, Poet's Market, created by the poet Judson Jerome, that explains which journals favor, rather than discriminate against, traditional poetry. He decides to take another stab at publication ...

1998: Around this time Burch founds and creates The HyperTexts, a literary website which has had over 12 million page views, according to Google Analytics. "Geode/Resemblance" was published by Poet Lore, "Righteous" by Writer's Gazette, "Are You the Thief" and two other poems by Poetic License/Monumental Moments, "Shadows" by Mind in Motion, "Enigma" by mo jo risin' magazine, "State of the Art" and five other poems by Tucumcari Poetry Review, and "Haunted" by The Laureate Letter. "Keep Up" wins third prize and a medal in a poetry contest with several thousand entries.

1999: "In Flight Convergence" finished in the top ten of the big Writer's Digest non-rhyming poetry contest (out of around 13,000 overall contest entries), then was published by The Aurorean and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. (Ironically, it was a rhyming poem with eclectic line breaks that made it look like unrhymed free verse.) "Once," "At Once," "Twice" and "The Leveler" were published by The Lyric. Jean Mellichamp Milliken, the editor of The Lyric, called Burch on the phone to make sure his poems made the upcoming issue. Editors seldom call poets, so that was a rare and encouraging event! "The Poet" was published by Icon, "Prophet" by Penny Dreadful, "The Song of Amergin" by Songs of Innocence, "Ince St. Child" by Piedmont Literary Review. "Geode/Resemblance" was a finalist in the Penumbra poetry contest and earned a special mention from the judge. "Salad Days" was published by Lonzie's Fried Chicken. The poem would later be re-titled "Salat Days." Eight poems were published by Tucumcari Literary Review, including "For Rhonda, with Butterflies."

2000: "Abide" was published by Light Quarterly. "Tremble" was published by The Lyric and later received an Honorable Mention in the 2000 Lyric Annual Awards, judged by Shakespearean scholar Caroline P. Chermside. "Tremble" also won third prize in the Verses Magazine 2000 Nature Competition. "Once" and "The Platypus" were published by Writer's Journal, "Styx/Death" and "The Harvest of Roses" by The Raintown Review, "Loose Knit" by Penumbra, "Moments" by Tucumcari Literary Journal, "Infinity," "Floating," "Mid-Summer Eve," "Shock" and "Nevermore!" by Penny Dreadful, "At Tintagel" and "In the Whispering Night" by Songs of Innocence, "Salad Days" by Harp-Strings Poetry Journal, and nineteen Celtic-themed poems by Celtic Twilight, Celtic Lifestyles and Storyteller (UK).

2001: Burch had the first five poems in the inaugural issue of Romantics Quarterly, which led off with "Goddess." Burch's villanelle "Ordinary Love" won the Swinburne poetry award and a $100 prize, then was published and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Burch had seventeen poems in the first four issues of Romantics Quarterly. "What the Poet Sees" and "The Locker" won Poem Kingdom contests and small cash prizes. "Poetry" and "The Watch" were published by The Lyric, "The Composition of Shadows" by Iambs & Trochees, "What the Poet Sees" by Byline, "Memory" by Carnelian, and "Will There Be Starlight" by The Word (UK). Four poems each appeared in The Bible of Hell, Poetry Magazine and Unlikely Stories. "Flight 93" and four other poems were published by Poetry Super Highway. Two poems appeared in Ironwood, two in Poetic Reflections, three in Poetically Speaking, four in Poetry Magazine.

2002: Burch wrote a how-to book for Practicum Strategies that earned nearly $3,000 in royalties. "Pan" and "Imperfect Sonnet" were published by Poetry Porch. Four poems were read on the How Sweet the Night spoken-word poetry CD, published by Romantics Quarterly. "Redolence" appeared in The New Formalist and "She Gathered Lilacs" in the Neovictorian/Cochlea. "The Watch" and two other poems appeared in Carnelian. Burch was the spotlight poet for and had eight poems in Triplopia. Four poems appeared in The Eclectic Muse; editor Joe M. Ruggier recited one of the poems over the phone to another editor. (Another rare event.) "Warming Her Pearls" and two other erotic poems appeared in Erosha. Burch was the first featured poet with five poems in Poetic Ponderings. Eight poems were published by the Net Poetry & Art Competition, which asked Burch to serve as a judge. "She Was Very Strange, and Beautiful" was published by Numbat (Australia). Nine poems appeared in two issues of The Lyric, including "Frail Envelope of Flesh," "The Wonder Boys" and "Roses for a Lover, Idealized." An early prose version of "Salat Days" won an honorable mention in the 2002 Writer's Digest personal essay contest.

2003: "See" placed third out of 18,000 overall entries in the big Writer's Digest poetry contest, while "At Wilfred Owen's Grave" placed seventh, winning $475 together. Both poems appeared in Writer's Digest The Year's Best Writing. "Distances" and "Fair Game" appeared in Verse Libre. Seventeen poems and two reviews appeared in Romantics Quarterly. "At Tintagel" was published by, "Ordinary Love" by Poetic Voices. "At Wilfred Owen's Grave" by Rogue Scholars, "Violets" and four other poems by Muse Apprentice Guild. Four poems appeared in the anthology The Birth of Crystals. "The Peripheries of Love" earned second place in a poetry contest, winning a silver medal. "She Was Very Strange, and Beautiful" placed third in a People's Poet reader poll.

2004: "Auschwitz Rose" appeared in the Neovictorian/Cochlea. The poem made Joe Ruggier jump out of his bus seat when he read it! (Yet another rare event.) "The Composition of Shadows" appeared in Contemporary Rhyme, "Neglect" and four other poems in Mindful of Poetry, "The Folly of Wisdom" and five other poems in Romantics Quarterly, "Neglect" and "Epitaph" in Voices for Africa, "The Highest Atoll" in IBPC News and Useless Knowledge, "Fahr an' Ice" in Light Quarterly, eight poems in Poet's Haven, three poems and a review in The Eclectic Muse (Canada).

2005: "Pan" and five other poems appeared in The Chariton Review, "Pity Clarity" in Contemporary Rhyme and the Columbus Dispatch newspaper, "Myth" and three other poems in the anthology There Is Something in the Autumn, "Pfennig Postcard, Wrong Address" in the Holocaust anthology Blood to Remember, "Ali's Song" and four other poems in Black Medina, six poems in Nutty Stories (South Africa), three in Triplopia, eight in The Eclectic Muse (Canada), eleven in the Neovictorian/Cochlea. "Melting" is voted the best poem in SP Quill.

2006: "Isolde's Song" is published by The Raintown Review and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. "Excerpts from 'Poetry'" places fourth in the Margaret Reid poetry contest, winning $100. A number of Burch's poems are translated into Farsi and published in Iran. "Tremble" and "Brother Iran" appear in Farsi translations by Dr. Mahnaz Badihian on MahMag (Iran). Six poems are published by Kritya (India). Poetry Life & Times begins to publish Burch's poems in volume. Thirty of Burch's poems are featured at Famous Poets & Poems. Sixteen poems appear in Sonnetto Poesia (Canada). "The Effects of Memory" is read as part of the Candlelight Reading Series, on Valentine's Day. "U.S. Verse, After Auden" is published by The Barefoot Muse, "Salat Days" as flash fiction in A Flasher's Dozen, "Learning to Fly" in the anthology The Book of Hopes and Dreams. Burch has three poems in The Centrifugal Eye, five poems in Barbitos, four poems in a Katrina Anthology and six poems in The Journals. "Indestructible, for Johnny Cash" is published by Strong Verse. "Flight 93" appears in My Beautiful New York. Four poems appear in the anthology Somewhere Along the Beaten Path. "The Secret of Her Clothes" appears in the Velvet Avalanche anthology. "The Composition of Shadows" is published by Candelabrum.

2007: "Break Time" finishes third in a Sonnet Writers poetry contest, winning $50. "Leaf Fall" earns high distinction in the Tom Howard poetry contest and wins $100. A children's poem "The Aery Faery Princess" appears in Whimsy. Another children's poem, "The Dromedary," appears in Umbrella/Bumbershoot. "For All That I Remembered" and "The Peripheries of Love" are translated into Russian by Yelena Dubrovin and published by Gostinaya. Burch has three poems in Thanal Online (India), four poems in the Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, four poems in the anthology Captivating Poetry, five poems in Strange Road, three poems in Triplopia, three poems in Freshet, and six poems in Other Voices International, including the Holocaust poems "Cleansings" and "Auschwitz Rose." Poets for Humanity publishes "Epitaph for a Darfur Child." Voices Israel publishes "I Pray Tonight." (The poem will later go viral.) Deronda Review publishes "Leaf Fall," "Autumn Conundrum" and "Piercing the Shell." Nine poems are published by homeless advocate, poet and artist Judy "Joy" Jones as part of an On the Road with Judy interview. "Poetry" appears in the anthology Sailing in the Mist of Time.

2008: "Discrimination" is published by Trinacria and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. "Mother's Smile" places first in a Penguin Books (UK) Valentine's Day poetry contest and appears in the anthology Poems for Big Kids. Comasia Aquaro translates "For All That I Remembered" and "Isolde's Song" into Italian. "Homeless Us" is published by Street Spirit. Fullosia Press publishes "Flight 93" and two other poems. Jewish Letter publishes Russian translations by Vera Zubarev of "Leaf Fall" and other poems. Two poems appear in Deronda Review and Voices Israel, three in Freshet and The Eclectic Muse (Canada), four in Trinacria, six in Poetry Life & Times.

2009: Burch's letter opposing torture is published by TIME and quite possibly read by millions. Burch publishes Richard Moore's last essay, "A Life." Burch's tribute poem "Kin (for Richard Moore)" is published by Able Muse. The Boston Globe cites Burch's interviews with Richard Moore in his obituary. "Auschwitz Rose" is published by Verse Weekly. "Leaf Fall" appears in The Raintown Review, now being edited by Anna Evans. Burch begins writing letters to the editor of The Tennessean; three of his first four letters earn three stars (the highest rating). He will have over a hundred letters published by the paper over the next decade. He also has a letter in one of the world's largest-circulation newspapers, The Hindu. Burch has two poems in Light, two in The Lyric, two in The Chimaera, three in Freshet, three in Lucid Rhythms.

2010: Burch authors the Burch-Elberry Peace Initiative for Israel/Palestine and it is published by United Progressives and the National Forum of India, among others. Burch has five letters in Nashville's City Paper and is invited to become a regular columnist, which he accepts. He has one letter in USA Today, three in The Washington Times, and 35 more in The Tennessean. Burch's essay on Formal Poetry is translated into Vietnamese and published by Ai Huu Ninh Thuan. His poem "Epitaph" goes viral and is published 400 times before he loses track. Stremez publishes five Macedonian translations by Marija Girevska. Fullosia Press publishes twenty poems and essays. Litera (UK) publishes seventeen poems. Poems About publishes thirty poems. Burch has three poems in Freshet, six in Trinacria, and six more in The New Formalist.

2011: "Just Smile" is published by Victorian Violet Press and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. This is Burch's fifth Pushcart nomination. Fullosia Press publishes 29 poems and articles. Six letters are published by the Knoxville News Sentinel. Forty letters and articles are published by the Nashville City Paper. Twenty-seven poems are published by Inspirational Stories, six by Trinacria, six by Victorian Violet Press, five by The Eclectic Muse (Canada), three by The Flea, two by The Lyric. "For Rhonda, with Butterflies" is nominated for a Best of the Net award by Victorian Violet Press.

2012: Burch's first poetry collection, Violets for Beth, is published by White Violet Press. Burch has two poems in the first issue of Angle. Six poems are published by Poem Today, six by Victorian Violet Press, eight by Artvilla, eight by Poet's Corner including a translation of "Caedmon's Hymn," ten by The Eclectic Muse (Canada), fifteen by Fullosia Press. Five letters appear in the Knoxville News Sentinel, eight in The Tennessean. Burch's "bowlers" joke is published by the Washington Post. "Come!" earns fifth place in the 2012 Writer's Digest Rhyming Poetry contest, winning $50. "Hiroshima Shadows" is translated to Thai and published in Thailand, Japan and New Zealand.

2013: Burch's second poetry collection, O, Terrible Angel, is published by Ancient Cypress Press. Burch's translation of Rilke's "Autumn Day" appears in Measure, along with his translations of the Anglo-Saxon poem "Wulf and Eadwacer" and the Middle English poem "How Long the Night." Eight poems appear in Boston Poetry Magazine, eleven in FreeExpression (Australia), twelve in Complete Classics, twelve in Poems About, fourteen in Poetry in Progress, five in Fullosia Press, four in Shot Glass Journal. "Willy Nilly" appears in The Road Not Taken, "Lean Harvests" in The Rotary Dial. Thirty letters and/or articles appear in the Nashville City Paper. Ten letters appear in The Tennessean.

2014: Burch publishes his translations or modernizations of Scots dialect poems by Robert Burns, and they quickly go viral. By now Burch's poems are going viral so frequently that he seldom bothers to submit poems to traditional publishers. "Epitaph," "Neglect," "Something," and "Auschwitz Rose" are among his most popular poems on the Internet, along with his translations of Basho, Bede, Bertolt Brecht, Robert Burns, Caedmon, Thomas Chatterton, Deor, William Dunbar, Ahmad Faraz, Atilla Ilhan, Allama Iqbal, Ono no Komachi, Rainer Maria Rilke, Sappho, Thomas Wyatt, and various Urdu and anonymous Anglo-Saxon poets.

2015: Jasper Sole does YouTube readings of "Something," "Moments" and "Enigma." Promosaik (Denmark) publishes six poems. Poem Today publishes four poems. Life & Legends publishes three poems. Asses of Parnassus publishes "Nun Fun Undone" and a Sappho translation. Brief Poems publishes a Sappho translation. AZquotes publishes fourteen Trump jokes and epigrams.

2016:  BBC Radio 3 publishes fourteen Sappho translations. Two of Burch's Trump jokes are published on A number of other jokes go viral and are published on various "best Trump joke" pages. Asses of Parnassus publishes six poems. Better Than Starbucks publishes four poems. Brief Poems publishes six poems. "Conformists of a Feather" wins first place in the National Poetry Month Couplet Competition. "Pilgrim's Fealty" finishes second in a quatrain contest. "Isolde's Song" is published by The Orchards. Comasia Aquaro translates four poems into Italian and publishes them in La Luce Che Non Muore. Glass Facets of Poetry publishes five poems. "Child of 9-11" and an essay appear in Elephant Journal.

2017: Burch's mock "Trump Inauguration Speech" is published by the Washington Post, earning some raves and a special mention by the editor in charge of the competition. Burch is the Spotlight Author of the bilingual literary journal Setu for the month of March, 2017. "I Pray Tonight" is set to music and played at a benefit concert for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, helping to raise $8,000 in aid.

2018: "Auschwitz Rose" is published by the European Union Erasmus Project and is studied by advanced students from multiple member nations. "Ebb Tide" appears in Southwest Review, earning $50. Burch's googleyup "Does your virginity grow back?" earns second place in a Washington Post contest. (This had more to do with "thinking outside the box" than writing.) AZquotes has now published more than 40 poems and epigrams. Brief Poems publishes 15 poems, including translations of Sappho, Basho and Ono no Komachi. Better Than Starbucks publishes five original poems and five translations, including a translation of Adi Wolfson's environmental poem "Bureaucracy." Blue Unicorn publishes "Styx" and "A Possible Argument for Mercy" is accepted for publication by First Things.

2019: Better Than Starbucks publishes "Salat Days" and three Native American translations. Bewildering Stories publishes five poems, including Holocaust poetry translations of Paul Celan's "Death Fugue" and "O, Little Root." Poem Today publishes three haiku translations. Six poems are translated into Hungarian by István Bagi and published by Versforditas (Hungary). "If You Come to San Miguel" is published by Muddy River Poetry Review. "Excerpts from the Journal of Dorian Gray" is published by Dusk & Shiver Magazine. publishes 32 poems. publishes 25 poems. Oxford University called The HyperTexts "dynamic and challenging" with a "different approach" to poetry, on its ARCH resource page for the Arts & Humanities. The full entry can be read here. "How Can We End Ethnic Cleansing Forever?" is studied by a class taught by the poet Michael Seeger. More than a hundred Burch poems have gone viral at this point. YouTube videos by Lillian Y. Wong of "Ali's Song," "Something" and "Survivors" have several thousand views each.

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