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Deborah Bernhardt

Four Way
2006 • 76 pp. 6 x 9"

$14.95 Paperback, 978-1-884800-72-6

“The language and cadence--fractured, whizzing--of our most wired new century lives in [her poems] though Bernhardt's subjects are ancient: love and family, ache and hope, remorse and grief worked out in memory and right now, that dazzling look-at-this. And I did. I kept coming back to look at and through these poems, both solaced and unnerved by their energy and wit and darkness, their patience--even given their great restlessness--the meticulous care in which they were made, the ghosts of Bishop, Dickinson, Cummings, Hopkins here by name and spirit, how be they transformed, flooded, rekindled, all so oddly cherished. Welcome this poet, this very original eye and ear and heart.” --Marianne Boruch

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From the Book:


Under oneself. Tending, and does. Thinking only of one’s hand.
Sui as in suitor—suing and pursuing.
To cede, which is withdraw. Sidelong. A glancing under decide.
Words get tired of melodrama and off themselves. Lying there, suitable.
An overuse of is, is, is. Sous as in under. Can you spare one under.
I haven’t got a side. What it is: preventable. Ensuite. Or isn’t—it’s predisposed of.
Ici dieu. Where. Sous. You see. Non. Underneath veined cities.
Sweet seed, don’t grow, don’t, my sour sigh.

DEBORAH BERNHARDT has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA from the University of Arizona. She lives in Wisconsin, where she teaches English.

Tue, 15 May 2018 12:59:15 -0500