Actual Air: Poems

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Open City Books, 1999 - Poetry - 93 pages
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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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One of the best books of poetry I've read. David Berman fuses tradition, natural currents, and the humor of modern civilization into vivid characterizations. Read full review

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Some of David Berman's imagery is far too convincing. "... We'd had hot and cold conversations in dead languages for years, yet the installation and plugging in of moons, the slight changes in the ... Read full review

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