Apocalypse Ranch

Sara Burge’s first book, Apocalypse Ranch, won the De Novo award and was published by C&R Press in Fall 2010.

“Sara Burge’s Apocalypse Ranch delivers meaty narratives that burst through the starting gate and don’t let up. Here, the small-town worlds of hillbillies and horses, Black Angus and busted lips soothed with sips of Orange Crush, are shaped into unrelenting song, a mean, rhythmic music that gallops down the page like Burge’s ‘pale horse,’ snorting and shaking, ‘hell-bent on pounding earth.’”
—Dorianne Laux, author of What We Carry

“Sara Burge is a funny, frank and fresh poet, an ‘oh no she didn’t’ writer, a witty and wise woman whose poems will entertain and enlighten you. Never preachy or pushy, her poems have definite impact–you’ll leave her work changed and wanting more. The poems of Apocalypse Ranch are as charged as atoms, quirky and quick and intellectually vigorous. This is a splendid first book that will leave you glad for this poet’s singular vision and terrific smarts. Sara Burge’s poems make you gasp in all the right ways.”
—Allison Joseph, author of My Father’s Kites

“Sara Burge’s debut volume is a real barn-burner. In the poems of Apocalypse Ranch, every word is written as if the human and animal lives of her native Missouri Ozarks depend upon it. With assiduous attention to detail, the ‘rotting houses’ and ‘broken farms’ of small-town America are given a realistic and often disturbing perspective. Burge’s voice is decidedly her own–unapologetic, hard as nails, divulging the shotgun suicides and drowned children of families who are up to their necks in a ‘Pomona Triangle’ of rusted engine blocks and ‘human insincerity.’ In poem after poem, Burge pushes away the psychological barriers we erect with self-delusion, idolatry, or neglect, and gives voice to difficult truths about the human condition.”

—Marcus Cafagna, author of The Broken World

Recent and Selected Publications

Greg Grummer Finalist, “Sometimes he calls out for Baby. Sometimes Baby runs” – Phoebe 53.2 (May 2024)

Reading, “I Look Good in Debt” – Baltimore Review Fall 2023 (November 2023)

Author Profile – Willow Springs (October 2023)

Reading, Pushcart Nominee “Sexy Fish” and “Harry Styles is the Way” – Willow Springs #92 (October 2023)

Reading, “Slumber Party” – Calyx Vol. 34:1 (October 2023)

Author Q&A with Sara Burge – The Good Life Review (May 2023)

Best of the Net Nominee “Mugshot” – The Good Life Review #11 (April 2023)

“Talk Show Haibun” and “The Call Is Coming From Inside The House” – Passengers Journal 4.1 (March 2023)

“Your Mom” and “A Thousand Stars” – Up The Staircase Quarterly #60 (February 2023)

“Marauder” – Pacifica Literary Review #19.1 (January 2023)

“What I Learned At The West Plains Pizza Hut” – Slant Volume 36.3 (November 2022)

Best of the Net Nominee “Chickenhead” and “Kool-Aid Man Goes The Distance”– Book of Matches #5 (Spring 2022)

Best of the Net Nominee “Thirsty Girls” – Atticus Review #1 (April 2022)

“Grizzly Breakfast” – Skink Beat Review #1.3 (June 2021)

“Dear Toilet Scene” and “I Took the Gun From My Mother’s Hand” – Prairie Schooner 90.3 (Fall 2016)

“The Failure of Smell-O-Vision” – St. Louis Beacon (February 15, 2011)

“Metal Concubines” – Juked #9 (Spring 2010)

“God of Chocolate, God of War” – Virginia Quarterly Review (Summer 2009)