By Michael Mirolla
By Ben Berman
PRAISE FOR unusual BORDERLANDS:
Ben Berman’s very good first publication, unusual Borderlands, is a masterful research within the strength and bounds of empathy, of admire for distinction in stress with the pressing want for universal floor. past his formal and stylistic variety, linguistic flexibility, eye for aspect, irrepressible wit and strong feeling, what’s so much awesome approximately this tremendous e-book is Berman’s inclusive beneficiant spirit, the lethal severe inventive play he workouts in each line of each poem. this can be a booklet to cherish.
These are poems that weigh, reflect on, and repair a few flesh-and-blood aspiring to the adventure of multiculturalism, a observe so overused it is usually flattened out to a platitude or piety. yet no longer during this book.
—Fred Marchant (from the “Foreword”)
Ben Berman’s lyric poems set in Zimbabwe dig deep into the informal and the casualty of lifestyle: the hammer impressive the sheep’s head, the sustenance that follows; disciplinary beatings that scholars, giggly and protesting, might count number and anticipate to vanish. Unassuming yet clever, compassionate but wildly, unpredictably humorous every now and then, Berman can provide to us escalating hardships that in some way increased us towards the sacred; the pathetic harvest and wonder that comes from the least most probably of areas. This least most likely of areas is the place Berman prospers, calling on heavily saw proof to chronicle the sides of tenderness and cruelty. i think each observe during this assortment. this can be an unforgettable debut through a robust and humble voice.
Ben Berman’s very good first e-book, unusual Borderlands, chronicles in startling and unforgettable poems his sojourn in Zimbabwe and his immersion in a tradition that either embraces and exiles him, draws and reproaches, altering him endlessly. utilizing numerous poetic approaches—rhymed couplets, prose paragraphs, sonnets, unfastened verse—he supplies us a multi-tonal description of landscapes which are as elusive as they're inviting, as surprising to such a lot folks as they're intuitively recognizable. it is a compelling poetry of “strange borderlands the place distance and intimacy collide.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ben Berman grew up in Maine, served within the Peace Corps in Zimbabwe and at the moment lives within the Boston zone along with his spouse and daughter. He has acquired the Erika Mumford Prize from the hot England Poetry membership and Artist Fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Somerville Arts Council. unusual Borderlands is his first full-length collection.
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