By Ben Berman
PRAISE FOR FIGURING within the FIGURE:
“Because layout, by myself, doesn’t carry weight,/” Ben Berman writes in his amazing moment choice of poems, “we desire concrete material-the snapshot/ of a bridge over the sound of water.” In Figuring within the determine, Berman explores the character of shape in its private most intricate experience. His luminous information evoke an international of mutable varieties and shapes that recommend the fragility of our lives. The e-book culminates with a relocating, real looking but lyrical series of poems concerning the delivery of his daughter. this can be a quietly attractive ebook that merits awareness and recognition.
-Jeff Friedman, writer of Pretenders
Figuring within the determine is a self-portrait of a guy turning into a father. Ben Berman writes inside of a transformed terza rima that makes a advantage out of readability and discernment. The impact right here of Frost returns us to Frost’s virtues: those poems make issues and feature some degree of view. Like Frost, Berman is unsparing in his introspection. He bargains us an ongoing philosophy: while confronted with the soreness and contradiction of way of life, “to hold up judgment and examine . . . incompatible thoughts.”
-Rodger Kamenetz, writer of The Jew within the Lotus
Ben Berman’s nimble terza rima is definitely the right automobile for the poems of Figuring within the determine. either expansive and based, the interwoven stanzas let him to shape and reform probing questions of id with no ever abandoning a deep musicality. We watch the speaker contemplate mouse droppings, hit the wall in a marathon, describe the nice molasses flood of 1919, diaper a doll in a birthing category, then attempt to deal with his “tiny fascist” of a baby who wouldn’t cease until eventually “every bookshelf toppled/ like a/ failed coup.” His observations are enriched with several types of humor-aphorisms, riddles, be aware performs, and puns. This ebook is smart and wonderful.
-Beth Ann Fennelly, Poet Laureate of Mississippi, writer of Unmentionables
Ben Berman’s tremendous, shrewdpermanent poems are by no means basically smart. Their frisky formal play is ultimately and importantly in regards to the discovering of kinds that may accurately comprise our emotions. As his name, Figuring within the determine, indicates, Berman is keen on double meanings; certainly, he's in love with all of the twists and turns of language, in addition to the entire constructions that reveal the pleasures of considering. If invention is his inclination, order is his realized but sly significant other, “a partner,” he writes, “the variety/ that coyly invitations chaos to dance.”
-Lawrence Raab, writer of Mistaking one another for Ghosts
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ben Berman’s first e-book, unusual Borderlands (Able Muse Press, 2013), received the Peace Corps Award for most sensible booklet of Poetry and was once a finalist for the Massachusetts ebook Awards. He has obtained awards from the recent England Poetry membership and fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Somerville Arts Council. he's the poetry editor at Solstice Literary journal and teaches within the Boston region, the place he lives together with his spouse and daughters.
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