My Neighbor Adam (2003). A first volume of poems written over 40 years as a teacher, scholar, husband and father, including a series of studies of the daily life of his Cambridge neighbor, Adam.

Sailing from Boston (2003). "Tears on paper" – a 12-month sequence of poems written in the year after the death of his wife, Louise Hassel Burnham.

Housekeeping (2005).
A tapestry of poems beginning in loss and moving into a renewed sense of well-being in a new relationship and a heightened appreciation of every day life (house keys, family visits, and baseball games).

A Careful Scattering (2007).
Poems to celebrate the end of the year. Many of the poems are in French and English and illustrated by Louise Hassel Burnham or their daughter, Elizabeth.

Shore Lines (2012). Poems dealing with love, nature, history, and place, often employing formal verse. Many are set at the water's edge.



Philip E. Burnham’s poems have appeared in the following publications;

Arizona Quarterly
Atlanta Review
The Aurorean
Bagelbards Anthologies
Blue Unicorn
Connecticut College Online
The Deronda Review
Emerald Necklace Newsletter
Home: An Anthology
Ibbetson Street
Journey: An Anthology
Laurel Review
Kansas Quarterly
Midwest Quarterly
Muddy River Review
New Arcadia Review
Seventh Quarry
Somerville News
Spare Change
Wilderness House
Writer’s Almanac


Best poem published in the Arizona Quarterly, 1970

Gretchen Warren Award for best poem, New England Poetry Club, 2010 and 2012

Honorable Mention for the Der-Hovanessian Award (for translation) of the New England Poetry Club, 2010.

Honorable Mention for the Erika Mumford Award (for a poem dealing with foreign culture or travel) of the New England Poetry Club, 2012

The Loft Poetry Prize for 2013