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I Love Artists

New and Selected Poems (New California Poetry #18)

Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Brenda Hillman (Series edited by), Calvin Bedient (Series edited by), Robert Hass (Series edited by), Forrest Gander (Series edited by)


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Drawing on four decades of work and including new poems published here for the first time, this selection of Mei-mei Berssenbrugge’s poetry displays the extraordinary luminosity characteristic of her style—its delicate, meticulous observation, great scenic imagination, and unusual degree of comfort with states of indetermination, contingency, and flux.

Praise For I Love Artists: New and Selected Poems (New California Poetry #18)

“A worthy introduction to her [Berssenbrugge’s] elegant oeuvre.”
— Publishers Weekly

“Essentially these poems are demanding. They demand that the reader give up preconceptions and enter their construct. What they return is a poetic view that is more than thinking outside the box but in a universe where there is not box—but language, reflection, and ultimately beauty instead.”
— Santa Fe New Mexican

University of California Press, 9780520246027, 154pp.

Publication Date: April 10, 2006

About the Author

Mei-mei Berssenbrugge was born in Beijing and lives in New Mexico. She is the author of nine volumes of poetry, including Nest, The Four Year Old Girl, and Empathy.