Paperback. New Directions (2013).
Mei-mei Berssenbrugge’s Hello, the Roses opens up poetic form into long, shimmering lines shaped by the beauty and phenomenal fullness of the natural environment. She begins by exploring an array of unities perceived between myth and landscape, fashion and culture, experience and forgetting, boys and ravens. The poems of the middle section shift into an invisible world where plants, animals, and the self communicate and coexist through a process of mutual healing and imagination. Images of her New Mexico mesa suffering drought become walks through forests and gardens, and flow into the concluding poems where the individual’s relationship to night, weather, and cosmological time form a karmic temporal continuum, a mandala of perception bridging quartz and quantum bond. Throughout are the roses, transforming slowly, almost imperceptibly, deepening awareness, creating fields and nests, a rosette of civilization that reveals the embeddedness of all living things.
About the Author
Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge was born in Beijing in 1947 and grew up in Massachusetts. Among her books are The Heat Bird (Burning Deck 1983), Empathy (Station Hill, 1989), Sphericity (Kelsey Street, 1993), Endocrinology (Kelsey Street, 1997) (an artist book with Kiki Smith), Four Year Old Girl (Kelsey Street 1998), Nest (Kelsey Street, 2003). Hello, the Trees (New Directions, 2013) . I Love Artists: New Selected and Poems, was published by University of California Press in 2006.