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The Resource Strange borderlands : poems, by Ben Berman

Strange borderlands : poems, by Ben Berman

Label
Strange borderlands : poems
Title
Strange borderlands
Title remainder
poems
Statement of responsibility
by Ben Berman
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Ben Berman's wonderful first book, Strange Borderlands, is a masterful study in the power and limits of empathy, of respect for difference in tension with the urgent need for common ground. Beyond his formal and stylistic range, linguistic flexibility, eye for detail, irrepressible wit and powerful feeling, what's most impressive about this terrific book is Berman's inclusive generous spirit, the dealy serious imaginative play he exercises in every line of every poem...These are poems that weigh, consider, and restore some flesh-and-blood meaning to the experience of multiculturalism...Ben Berman's lyric poems mostly set in Zimbabwe dig deep into the casual and the casualty of daily life: the hammer striking the sheep's head, the sustenance that follws; disciplinary beatings that students, giggly and protesting, could count and count on to fade. Unassuming but wise, compassionate yet wildly, unpredictably funny at times, Berman delivers to us escalating hardships that somehow elevated us toward the sacred; the pathetic harvest and sweetness that comes from the least likely of places. This least likely of places is where Berman thrives, calling on closely observed facts to chronicle the perimeters of tenderness and cruelty...Strange Borderlans, chronicles in startling and ungorgettable poems his sojourn in Zimbabwe and his immersion in a culture that both embraces and exiles him, attracts and reproaches, changing him forever. Using a variety of poetic approaches: rhymed couplets, prose paragraphs, sonnets, free verse--he gives us a multi-tonal description of landscapes that are as elusive as they are inviting, as unfamiliar to most of us as they are intuitively recognizable...."--back cover
Cataloging source
KAH
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3602.E759
LC item number
S77 2013
Literary form
poetry
Label
Strange borderlands : poems, by Ben Berman
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Publication
Note
"With a foreword by Fred Marchant"--cover
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Interruptions -- Endings -- Learning Shona -- Way -- Passing three goats in a field, the ropes around their necks tied to tall grass -- Killing the chicken with a dull knife -- Beatings -- To the safety of goats -- Street kid fights to keep the bread I gave him -- Playing word bingo at meetings, the week before they sent us home -- Footing and the solid ground -- Moving on -- Koan -- Obsessions -- On detachmetn and delicacies -- Panther -- Fragile balance -- Crowded -- What you can't explain once -- Quicksand -- Nisha questions my need for a dehydrator -- Parallel parking -- Pluots -- Seven pictures (Riding Yemama; Shooting the veiled women; You say callage, I say collision; Slap happy; Views from the overlooking; Nuggets; Tale of two kitties) -- Unseasoned -- Thirds (World; Door; Person) -- Close to Closure -- On sex and insects -- Good Grief -- Gallery walk
Control code
1552086
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xvii, 80 pages
Isbn
9781927409053
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2012946648
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1552086
  • (Sirsi) 1552086
  • (OCoLC)830410264
Label
Strange borderlands : poems, by Ben Berman
Publication
Note
"With a foreword by Fred Marchant"--cover
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Interruptions -- Endings -- Learning Shona -- Way -- Passing three goats in a field, the ropes around their necks tied to tall grass -- Killing the chicken with a dull knife -- Beatings -- To the safety of goats -- Street kid fights to keep the bread I gave him -- Playing word bingo at meetings, the week before they sent us home -- Footing and the solid ground -- Moving on -- Koan -- Obsessions -- On detachmetn and delicacies -- Panther -- Fragile balance -- Crowded -- What you can't explain once -- Quicksand -- Nisha questions my need for a dehydrator -- Parallel parking -- Pluots -- Seven pictures (Riding Yemama; Shooting the veiled women; You say callage, I say collision; Slap happy; Views from the overlooking; Nuggets; Tale of two kitties) -- Unseasoned -- Thirds (World; Door; Person) -- Close to Closure -- On sex and insects -- Good Grief -- Gallery walk
Control code
1552086
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xvii, 80 pages
Isbn
9781927409053
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2012946648
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1552086
  • (Sirsi) 1552086
  • (OCoLC)830410264

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