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Sarah Burgess

Sarah Burgess was born in November ’86 and has lived in St. Catharines all her life. At the age of 13, the back tire on her bike was hit by an oncoming train, leaving her with severe brain damage, the inability to vocally communicate, spasticity, and numerous other difficulties. Despite there challenges, she has the courage of a lion, and the heart of a saint. Sarah has three previously published chapbooks “Voice” (Grey Borders Books, 2012), “When Will My Reflection Show Who I Am Inside?” (Young Artists of Niagara Falls, 2014), “Phlebotomized Heart” (Grey Borders Books, 2015) and The Mule and the Bitch (Grey Borders Books, 2016).

Previously published by Grey Borders Books:

Voice (2012)

Phlebotomized Heart (2015)

The Mule and The Bitch (2016)


from Phlebotomized Heart (2015)

There once was a man who had a dream
That dream still is in process of coming true
Despite his departure from this earth
I too have a dream
Despite all situations
Keep it alive while I’m alive-
Before it`s too late, before I too, reincarnate


from The Mule and the Bitch (2016)

Beauty Knows No Pain
Every redundant stab wound
viciously embedded into my beating heart,
departure of acidic fluid.
Creating more beauty than you would have liked.
Reluctantly persevere, withdrawing failure.
Not about to hold back, not about to give up.
Watch as I intimidate, manipulate and complicate,
provoke every involuntary word you say,
let loan every action.
Feel for my dismay.
Regardless of what words.
Words are just words,
choice weapons.
Please don’t do this to me,
this ungratifying, self-inflicted, treachery
perplexing my soul.
Undying discomfort is continually, reluctantly,
ungratefully piercing.
And now this beauty knows no pain.

Sarah Burgess

the Mule and the Bitch

1st edition, 2016

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Sarah Burgess

Phlebotomized Heart

1st edition, 2015

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