Actual Air: Poems

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Open City Books, 1999 - Poetry - 93 pages
101 Reviews
David Berman reinvents the overlooked and seemingly ordinary details of everyday life--from the suitcase of a departing girlfriend to a baseboard electrical outlet. His poems chart a course through his own highly original American dreamscape in language that is fresh, accessible, and remarkably precise. This debut collection has received extraordinary acclaim from readers and reviewers alike and is quickly becoming a cult classic. As Pulitzer Prize-winning poet James Tate said, "These poems are beautiful, strange, intelligent, and funny. . . . It's a book for everyone."

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User Review  - Matt Glover - Goodreads

David Berman's words read in my head in such a familiar voice, yet resonate with striking originality. Read full review

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User Review  - Abby - Goodreads

Deeply enjoyed these poems; the 90s oeuvre! Virginian poet David Berman is funny, wry, and spot-on. So many good one-liners, too. Thanks to my husband, who always introduces me to the great poets ... Read full review

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