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4.21  ·  Rating details ·  98 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Poetry. Asian-American. Mei-mei Berssenbrugge is one of the very few poets writing in the United States today whose voice and writing style are immediately recognizable. In her new collection, NEST, the medium of her poetry continues to be the sentence. To the formalities of syntax and grammar she adds the structures of domestic architecture, isolation, health, desire, pla ...more
Paperback, 92 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Kelsey Street Press
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mwpm mwpm
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I seek a permanent home, but this structure has an appearance of indifferent compoundedness and isolation, heading toward hopelessness

The boy pulls an animal on a leash.

The house with a red rood rests between two hills.

I can look through its windows to the sea.

His aggression opposes what in a domestic animal, cold open space, large enough to work with isolation?

House is the projection, space around it intermediary, theatre.

You don't have to consume the space to exist, distance, point-to-point, i
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Nicola
May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Like a nest, this is a stitched thing with disparate materials, the longer, the more convoluted (more texture), the better.

Like a nest, this collection holds, needs, loves, nurtures the white space of thought, emotion and reader participation and is material but mostly abstract.

Like a nest, this has a restless architecture subject to change, surprise, reframing, and the elements of memory and desire.

Had to often read this aloud to create a slow montage of meaning and association.

This book is de
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Michael Vagnetti
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
I found this difficult to follow: the sentence-as-unit-of-organization seems disjointed, jagged, shifting too quickly, especially regarding the organizing concept of "ground." There is too much figurative space between the lines, so that meaning spins apart as a result, instead of holding together. Other books of hers seem more connected, more precisely deployed. For example:

"My body is a film on her preconscious of images she chooses to line conversation.

Its alterity becomes a nuance of our ine
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Kristine
Jun 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing
this book can be read over and over. it's a keeper.
Sumi
Nov 19, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People whose ears are attuned to esoteric poems
Boooo ... why do I often feel tone deaf when I read poetry?? The words and images were pretty but I didn't understand a thing =(.
Ben G
Oct 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Complex-yet-direct, beautifully wrought sentence-lines. Covers community, fertility and the space that both binds and repels separate bodies.
Cecilia Corrigan
what a great one.
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