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Winner of the 2014 National Poetry Series, selected by Denise Duhamel

Monograph is one poet's primary research on all things love--the erotic, the domestic, love's glory, and its accompanying rage. Simeon Berry's voice is irresistibly authentic, even at its most crafty. . . . “There are things I've done to make the story better . . . the girl with the skull and crossbones h
Paperback, 96 pages
Published September 15th 2015 by University of Georgia Press
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Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, read-in-2016
This book is compulsively readable. By that I mean I read it in one sitting, only one of a handful of poetry books of which that is true.
As the back cover says, it does blur the line between poetry and flash fiction/nonfiction. The pieces have characters, so the book really read like one text rather than a series of unrelated poems.
I really enjoyed the wit and intelligence in this book. I love the form, of course.
It's rare for me to read a book of poetry that I feel like I really connect with e
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
early review. the first time i read monograph, i had to close my office door and cry. initially, i gave this 4.5 stars.

but i'm rereading, and i've reconsidered. because i am crying in my office again. emotional gutpunch across multiple readings is starworthy.

books don't make me cry. i mean, i cried at the end of where the red fern grows, but that's about it.
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Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The National Poetry Series is committed to ensuring that great works of poetry continue to be published each year. Simeon Berry truly shares that mission; for the second year in a row, he has been selected as a winner of the NPS (one of only two people to achieve repeat glory) and published a beautiful collection. "Monograph" is notably different from last year's "Ampersand Revisited", though the author's voice maintains its authenticity. Reading Berry's writing is like sitting in a boat in a ca ...more
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
autobiography like a bowl of truffles
brief, erotic and decisive
in observation.
ok, the simile isn't perfect.

like one blurb tells me to think, Berry has a wonderful quality of attention--which is even more rare in poems that center people.

its best in how it savors the world, where it finds desire and pleasure. and also hurt unfolding from the pursuit of comfort.

though the jabs at avant-garde poetry seem lazy and made me suspicious of my own comfort in listening to someone disclose and disclose.

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Simeon Berry won the 2013 National Poetry Series for his first collection of poetry, Ampersand Revisited (Fence Books), and the 2014 National Poetry Series for his second book of poetry, Monograph (University of Georgia Press). He has been an Associate Editor for Ploughshares and received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Individual Artist Grant. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts. ...more

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