Thu, Apr 08|
Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Treatise on Stars
Bollingen Prize winner, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge will be in conversation with Albuquerque Poet Laureate, Mary Oishi. A Treatise on Stars extends Mei-mei Berssenbrugge’s intensely phenomenological poetics to the fiery bodies in a “field of heaven…outside spacetime.”
Date, Time & Location
Apr 08, 2021, 6:00 PM MDT
About the Event
To join us on Zoom, please register here.
Treatise on Stars can be purchased from CW here.
Long, lyrical lines map a geography of interconnected, interdimensional intelligence that exists in all places and sentient beings. These are poems of deep listening and patient waiting, open to the cosmic loom, the channeling of daily experience and conversation, gestalt and angels, dolphins and a star-visitor beneath a tree. Family, too, becomes a type of constellation, a thought “a form of organized light.” All of our sense are activated by Berssenbrugge’s radiant lines, giving us a poetry of keen perception grounded in the physical world, where “days fill with splendor, and earth offers its pristine beauty to an expanding present.”
About the Poet
Mei-mei Berssenbrugge was born in Beijing, the daughter of a Chinese mother and an American father who was the son of Dutch immigrants. Berssenbrugge is the author of fourteen books of poetry, most recently A Treatise on Stars (New Directions, 2020). More information is available at the Poetry Foundation here.
About Mary Oishi
Albuquerque poet Mary Oishi frequently performs poetry and produces poetry events in New Mexico. Oishi is the current Poet Laureate for the CIty of Albuquerque. Find out more about Mary Oishi here.