Poetry. Asian American Studies. What can one person know of another? These poems act as energy fields of images from science, philosophy, and romantic love. They evoke the spaces of the New Mexican desert, the Alaskan tundra, her Chinese home, and the interior self in relationships, as the poet makes empathy a metaphor for the space of one person inside another. The lines of verse are long, sensuous, and prose-like, following the open horizons of the West. "Mei-mei Berssenbrugge's poetry moves from 'inner' phenomena to ones coming from the 'external' world and back again with breathtaking evenness. Calmly and convincingly she leads our attention from...confidence or passion or attention itself to ice crystals, gulls fireworks, or apple trees and to very specific qualities of perception, especially vision--most notably, those associated with the properties of light--fogginess, brightness, colors--(what a poet of light she is!)--in poetry that always speaks equally about 'the world' and 'herself.' She is neither 'objectivist' nor 'subjectivist' but a poet of the whole consciousness. A virtuoso of the long line, hers--unlike those of most other poets--are startlingly non-rhapsodic, although they are more truly emotional than those of most rhapsodists. I've known and loved Mei-mei Berssenbrugge's poetry for years. It gets better all the time"--Jackson Mac Low.
2 pages matching afterimage in this book
Results 1-2 of 2
What people are saying - Write a review
afterimage amaryllis appearance attention beauty becomes black diamond blue and white bodies of light body bright buoyancy camera canyon cloud color concentration connected consciousness context continue cottonwood courtyard coyote crestline dark darker desire diagonal discontinuous dissolve distance doll dream edge emotion EMPATHY empyrean enamel exercise in physical experience feeling fireworks flash focus fold footlights frozen ground gulls hand hanged woman happen heat hidden honeycomb horizon human help ice crystals illuminated imagine inside intense interval landscape light look luminosity luminous meaning MEI-MEI BERSSENBRUGGE memory metaphor mica mind mirror mist moat mountain moving object pass pathos person plain plane reflecting relations remember repetition representation river rock says screen seems sense shadow skin snow space spiritual exercise STANFORD STANFORD UNIVERSITY stars stick story structure surface swans things thought trace transparent tree turns vanishing point viewer walk wall