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Atrophy is Jackson’s debut full-length poetry collection, winner of Write Bloody Publishing’s 2017 Submissions Contest and a 2016 National Poetry Series Finalist.


“Jackson Burgess is the most dazzling, urgently urban and unfailingly inventive young chronicler of lost highways and avenues of broken dreams since the early poems of Denis Johnson and the ballads of Tom Waits.” –David St. John, author of The Last Troubadour

Atrophy is simply shattering—in its apocalyptic intensity, its relentless drive, its urgent music, its desperate tenderness.” –Cecilia Woloch, author of Carpathia

“Jackson Burgess is the poet of a stark confessional despair so believed in, and trusted, that it becomes an optimism.” –Josh Bell, author of Alamo Theory

Atrophy pulses with love, vodka, and the despair of things lost and things found…I want to gift Atrophy to every human I’ve ever met.” –Ruth Madievsky, author of Emergency Brake

Watch him read “Everything Broken is Beautiful, You Idiots!” here: