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A treatise on stars

Author: Mei-mei Berssenbrugge
Publisher: New York : New Directions Books, 2020. ©2020
Series: New Directions paperbook, 1469.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Mei-mei Berssenbrugge's A Treatise on Stars extends the intensely phenomenological poetics of 'The Star Field' in Empathy, which appeared over thirty years ago. The book is structured as a continuous enfolding of poems, each made up of numbered serial parts, their presiding poetic consciousness moving from the desert arroyo of New Mexico to the white-tailed deer of Maine and between conversations with daughter,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mei-mei Berssenbrugge
ISBN: 9780811229388 0811229386
OCLC Number: 1102802444
Notes: "A New Directions book."
Description: 101 pages ; 20 x 22 cm.
Series Title: New Directions paperbook, 1469.
Responsibility: Mei-mei Berssenbrugge.

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"Mei-mei Berssenbrugge's A Treatise on Stars extends the intensely phenomenological poetics of 'The Star Field' in Empathy, which appeared over thirty years ago. The book is structured as a continuous enfolding of poems, each made up of numbered serial parts, their presiding poetic consciousness moving from the desert arroyo of New Mexico to the white-tailed deer of Maine and between conversations with daughter, husband, friends, pets (corn snake and poodle), and a woman, or star-visitor, beneath a tree who calls 'any spirit in matter ... star-walking.' These are poems of deep listening and patient waiting, open to the channeling of daily experience, to gestalt and angel, dolphins and extraterrestrials. Here, family is a type of constellation and 'thought is a form of organized light.' All our senses are activated by Berssenbrugge's light absorbing lines, lines that map a geography of interconnected intelligence-interdimensional intelligence-that exists in all sentient objects and sustains us. This is not new age poetry but poetry for a new age, rigorous of thought and grounded in the physical world where 'days fill with splendor, and earth offers its pristine beauty to an expanding present.'"--

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