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Author: BERSSENBRUGGE, MEI-MEI
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Berssenbrugge, Mei-mei    Poet's Biography
145 poems available by this author


ABORTION       
First Line: When we walked outside at sunset
Last Line: From behind a playground fence %the rampant light


AEGEAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Tang tang tang tang tang tang tang
Last Line: Odor of sea shell
Subject(s): Aegean Sea


AEGEAN       
First Line: Tang tang tang tang tang tang tang
Last Line: Into emptiness %like and empty goat skull %odor of sea shell
Subject(s): Aegean Sea


ALAKANAK BREAK-UP       
First Line: To find out the temperature, she tosses a cup of water into the air
Last Line: Your shirt near the snow machine. It is the initial color on the tundra


AUDIENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: People think, at the theatre, an audience is tricked into believing it's looking at life.


BEAUTY       
First Line: I can't represent the ideal beauty of a view through a break in the hills
Last Line: Fingermails coated with oil were used for this prophecy


BLOSSOM       
First Line: A stem needing to blossom
Last Line: Those veins in your wrist are already %a brave distance from the heart


BLUE TAJ       
First Line: There is your 'dream' and its 'approximation'


BOG       
First Line: In black sweet mulch I saw a mushroom shine out
Last Line: The great subterranean arms %of trees and small skeletons embrace


BOOK OF THE DEAD, PRAYER 14       
First Line: Good-bye %try to stay awake now you're dead
Last Line: I tell you so you won't worry %try to stay awake


CARMELITES       
First Line: Like the camera, memory is a device and feeling is a device, or a souvenir


CHINESE SPACE        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Family Life; Houses; Beijing. China; Ancestors & Ancestry; Relatives; Heritage; Heredity


CHINESE SPACE       
First Line: First there is the gate from the street, then some flowers inside


CHRONICLE       
First Line: I was born the year of the loon %in a great commotion. My mother--
Last Line: Even today I get proud %when I remember %this all took place in chinese


COMBUSTION       
First Line: Given the depth of the colors of the mineral, whose source is an oscillation of
Last Line: It is one of the rules that do not form a system, but an experienced person can apply it


COMMISSION       
First Line: The reflection of san marco on rainy illuminated paving stones at night-a
Last Line: By trying to externally communicate his regret?


CONCORDANCE [OUR CONVERSATION IS A WING]    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Our conversation is a wing below my consciousness


CONCORDANCE [WORKING BACKWARD IN SLEEP]    Poem Text     Recitation by Author


DAUGHTER        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Dreams; Daughters; Nightmares


DAUGHTER       
First Line: An angel swims silently to a flat rock in the night, where seabirds are
Last Line: Material like cellophane, achieves a cohesive tension exactly beside the contemporary


DOLL       
First Line: Discourse on death contains a rhetoric of borders
Last Line: The face of her longing, to a mother inconsolable before a blessing


DRESSING UP OUR PETS        Recitation by Author
First Line: I sew a bright hood for my pet mouse
Subject(s): Pets; Clothing & Dress


DURATION OF WATER       
First Line: So that I make you a microcosm or symbolic center of the public
Last Line: Tracking the last aria, like a duration of water %which is apiece of white silk


EL BOSCO       
First Line: If you offer your bag of butterflies
Last Line: Even if you sweep a little home for yourself %in a broken jug


EMPATHY       
First Line: First, I see roses in the dark with him, a compaction of spare light
Last Line: To deny this is to deny the struggle to make certain meanings stick


ENDOCRINOLGOY: 1       
First Line: The bird watches the man and woman dance
Last Line: The form of her body is important, as how she is here, though there's no physical evidence of her ph


ENDOCRINOLOGY: 2       
First Line: Hormones provide a mechanism by which the body relays chemical signals through
Last Line: With iron rocks in crevices, as in a story she accepts not knowing if her lost child is alive


ENDOCRINOLOGY: 3       
First Line: The bird sings on a strawberry the size of a melon
Last Line: She concentrates on manipulating her organs to pull the white square of light precisely into the nic


ENDOCRINOLOGY: 4       
First Line: The woman leans on the table, forearms abnormally long
Last Line: He loved her body as much as he loved her as an individual


ENDOCRINOLOGY: 5       
First Line: There is a space
Last Line: He cannot separate from the loved person, to shed the loved body


EURASIAN AT THE PARTY WOULD NOT , FR. PACK RAT SIEVE       
Last Line: Blanket the snow like snow on sand %but it is morning


EXPERIENCE       
First Line: The idea of illusion suggests that existence in different worlds,
Last Line: Assesses the vicissitudes of this aspiration. A consciousness outside a state of being is flooded


FINN SONG TO THE BEAR GHOSTS       
First Line: Don't blame us %for killing
Last Line: On the table %we have painted %your skulls %blue


FOG       
First Line: Hundreds of millions of years ago, days were many hours shorter


FORMS OF POLITENESS       
First Line: Taking advantage of the relationships and interaction which actually exist


FORMS PF POLITENESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Taking advantage of the relationships and interaction, which actually exist between what happens
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


FOUR YEAR OLD GIRL       
First Line: The genotype is her genetic constitution
Last Line: Singularity without compromising life as a whole


FRAGRANCE       
First Line: As if a flower were handmade in daylight with it in mind, instead of coming
Last Line: Than even intersection, where 'one' does not count with children, because they do not make a sign


GHOST       
First Line: When the indian steps
Last Line: The rocks %the bent oak trees %the cranes feeding in the river


GLITTER        Recitation by Author


GOLD       
First Line: A yellow apple could be a small hollow in stone that flows over and over
Last Line: A leaf can fold over, placing a skin of the leaf here, in the small of his back in the heat


GREEN        Recitation by Author


HEALTH    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I cut the stem of the amaryllis, and water poured out so suddenly, I didn't
Last Line: From new american writing
Subject(s): Babies; Birth; Flowers; Infants; Child Birth; Midwifery


HEARING        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Compassion


HEARING: 1       
First Line: A voice with no one speaking, like the sea, merges with my
Last Line: Hearing: transparency arms and legs arch over, nest for my limbs %when I was young


HEARING: 2       
First Line: A bird falls out of the air, through the anti-weave, into the anti-net
Last Line: Continuous with the copresence of dresses


HEARING: 3       
First Line: Plum blossoms in snow give way to fragile cherry blossoms
Last Line: My hearing it call and its ceasing to exist


HEARING: 4       
First Line: I found I could take words from one discipline and intersect them
Last Line: Children retained the physical latency of hearing them


HEAT BIRD       
First Line: A critic objects to their 'misterian' qualities
Last Line: If a bright clearing will form suddenly, we will %already know of it


HONEYMOON       
First Line: Though relations with oneself and with other people seem negotiated in terms
Variant Title(s): Hiddennes


HOPI BASKETWEAVER SONG       
First Line: I climb the mesa
Last Line: I won't write this down anymore %about peaches %or runners to the sea


HUDSON ICE FLOES       
First Line: Ice breaks in the river
Last Line: Gunmetal blue bubbles %that float away over us like music


I LOVE ARTISTS        Recitation by Author
First Line: I go her house and talk to her


IDEAL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I did not know beforehand what would count for me as a new color. Its beauty is an analysis
Subject(s): Colors


IN BHAUDANATH       
First Line: If your eyes fall
Last Line: It is clean %water %from the mountains


INTENTION OF TWO RIVERS       
First Line: I remember the spring flowers
Last Line: On the sand. When at lowest tide it is sunset %I can wade across, holding my shoes


IRISES       
First Line: In a world which transcends the confines of her transient being, she can reach
Last Line: For the space, as a halo rescued out of her life


JEALOUSY       
First Line: Attention was commanded through a simple, unadorned, unexplained,
Last Line: Claims no particular status in space, or being of its own


KALI       
First Line: First, the beginning, presupposed as a past, goes to ground like a foundation
Last Line: Its matter is ground, blue to blackness, bare as dread reality


KISSES FROM THE MOON        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Friendship


LEAVING YOUR COUNTRY       
First Line: Where mistletoe bursts from dead branches
Last Line: Drummed up from the flowing ravine through my lips %and the tiny ear-bones


LOS SANGRE DE CRISTOS, N.M.       
First Line: Los sangre de christos
Last Line: And the rust shoulders %of day


LOST RING       
First Line: By change, I mean fragment, continuity without context against
Last Line: Margin, an other projected as remodelling, nonspecific recreational %lines and tent poles


MARCH WIND       
First Line: The wind bends without straining the beech trees
Last Line: Something that can only be seen %in infinite slender sections


MARGIN       
First Line: Sense of being responsible for a crisis may also give a feeling of control


MEMBRANE       
First Line: In lower orders up to the mammal %a membrane
Last Line: When a dead thing cuddles into its grave %like a minute we pity ourselves %cancel our myths


MIZU: 1.       
First Line: If the boy goes under the water, the water is thick air
Last Line: On some mud, shoots had turned green. But they forgot about %him


MIZU: 10.       
First Line: The wind blows horizontally along the bluff above the bay
Last Line: That seem a little off from each other. Or he could dream and freeze %without startling


MIZU: 11.       
First Line: The bamboo grove is filled with snow
Last Line: And he became a crane, able to disguise his escape as migration, %as if an old crane would come back


MIZU: 2.       
First Line: Standing to his waist in the water, he was dredging for crabs
Last Line: Huge distances he wanted to be lazy. And the water was very bright %and made him blink


MIZU: 3.       
First Line: And he was in reverse of the people's routine. So he could watch
Last Line: Thankfully, all three hirutsakas were alive, there


MIZU: 4.       
First Line: At first he tried to compensate for the water's colro and weight
Last Line: These things happened as he breathed. The turtle increased %to his own size


MIZU: 5.       
First Line: Richly branched stems of staghorn coral
Last Line: Unique piece of dark blue starry sky strewn with tiny %pale blue lights, the marine jewel fish


MIZU: 6.       
First Line: This was in the shallow water near shore. He forgot about
Last Line: Organisms draped like spaghetti on the rocks disappeared %when he approached them, like shadow and l


MIZU: 7.       
First Line: Every interval from every season could be found, as he walked
Last Line: Light out of the tops of their heads, which was a kind of longevity %he had access to, but did not c


MIZU: 8.       
First Line: He was running up and down the vents, approaching currents
Last Line: Of his old friends, and his beloved finches in various stages %of development


MIZU: 9.       
First Line: By the time he finished eating with them, three days
Last Line: Pressure changes as he broke into air with great force. %he saw the same hills and the same shore, b


NATURALISM       
First Line: He calls it instincts and their vicissitudes, or emotions, at the border
Last Line: I had this nostalgia, this deep regret at having to return to normal, but %I could do nothing to pro


NEST        Recitation


NEST: 1       
First Line: My mother-tongue, chinese, has an immemorial history before me
Last Line: One language, another without intent, translated as heart


NEST: 2       
First Line: I want to tell you what's difficult to admit, that I left home
Last Line: Artifacts, comparison coexisting with incongruity


NEST: 3       
First Line: My origin is a linguistic surface like a decorated wall, no little
Last Line: Borders which represent places


NEST: 4       
First Line: A margin can't rot, no bloated outline around memories of
Last Line: Furnishings, colors, situation are sumptuous in relation to %anonymity, textiles like money


NEST: 5       
First Line: I feel the right to have my invitation accepted, an open house
Last Line: In this, daughter, you see more than I did at your age, because you %see me


OLD KNOW BY MIDSUMMER       
First Line: You don't know %what it is to be alive and you won't
Last Line: On my fingers %when I pick them up empty from the road


OLD MAN LET'S GO FISHING IN THE YELLOW REEDS OF THE BAY       
First Line: Our flat bottomed boat
Last Line: If my two dreaming hands %were not caught happily in yours


ON THE MOUNTAIN WITH THE DEER       
First Line: When the deer grazing upwind
Last Line: There are always poisonous lizards on my back %the prey of our hands touching the dark


ON THE WINTER SOLSTICE       
First Line: Light fades at four o'clock today
Last Line: I hang glass balls and their crumpled hats %button a black coat around the year


PACK RAT SIEVE       
First Line: Never mind if he calls, the places you get
Last Line: And recognize which island to land on. They are all sparkling in the sun


PARALLEL LINES        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Textiles; Desert


PERMANENT HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: I seek a permanent home, but this structure has an appearance of indifferent
Subject(s): Houses


PERMANENT HOME: 1       
First Line: I seek a permanent home, but this structure has the appearance of
Last Line: In which a beloved ruin is middle ground, for example


PERMANENT HOME: 2       
First Line: First house and space negate one another
Last Line: Lightening, starting point and any second place


PERMANENT HOME: 3       
First Line: Rain pours out a gutter near the poor horse
Last Line: (disappointment, something not seen, becomes inspiration)


PERMANENT HOME: 4       
First Line: The mouse in a cage is fed white beans
Last Line: Path, when I was not going anywhere in particular


PERMANENT HOME: 5       
First Line: Materials and freedom combine, so material can't be subjective
Last Line: Chinese space breaks free from the view in front of me, while my house %continues rotating on earth


PERPETUAL MOTION: 1       
First Line: You go to the mountains
Last Line: And wait %stillness turns in its well


PERPETUAL MOTION: 2       
First Line: I touch your face
Last Line: Of sunset on the mountain %the first cellular light of a flank


PERPETUAL MOTION: 3       
First Line: Walking up the mountain
Last Line: Of the peak tatooed with waves %the summit moves with the tide


POLLEN        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Ecology


POLLEN       
First Line: The sky and movement of clouds figure in the issue of the frame of the spring,
Last Line: The child turns toward an imaginary animal


PROPELLER SLEEP       
First Line: I've learned to recognize angels
Last Line: Even if one stays by you side seven years %it is a parallel flight


PROPORTIONS OF A BODY , FR. PACK RAT SIEVE       
Last Line: Wishbones for her, or knotholes depicting the galaxies %she understood he was making himself the gap


RECITATIVE       
First Line: Her voice on the telephone, while she is out of town performing


RED BACKS AND AUTUMN LEAVES JAM THE STREAMS       
First Line: Mate with mate, through water
Last Line: Will flail upstream %in your hands


RED QUIET, SECTION 3    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Our conversation is a wing below my consciousness, like organization in blowing cloth


SAFETY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Increasingly in our world, forgiveness is asked for, granted, withheld,


SECOND MOMENT, THE THIRD MOMENT       
First Line: Was yellow in a heat that held it
Last Line: Like a story hummed before sleep %cold poles will slant across the sun


SERISITY        Recitation by Author


SIZE       
First Line: Stones were chosen so impact of water on them makes acoustic harmony, the way
Last Line: Each point is more than a limit, is in the body, incomparable to material destructions


SKY       
First Line: Ant on the end of a pin waving at empty space
Last Line: I would light them %I want to be sky over the flames


SLEEP       
First Line: The animal sleeps and dreams %of something desired in the day
Last Line: It is getting to be always just before dawn %an empty sky,shadowy with consummations


SNOW MOUNTAINS       
First Line: A bird flies up from the mountain
Last Line: Where the tiniest birds crash %it is sunset %under the big black birds


SPACES ARE DEATH       
First Line: Between the hand reaching out
Last Line: The space between a star %and the mirror holding it


SPHERICITY: 1.       
First Line: Emphasizing not only the ground upon which her movement builds, but matter
Last Line: Every other moment of an experience must push to extravagance of sphericity, of %horizon, not magnit


SPHERICITY: 2.       
First Line: The time of having her becomes an absorptive surface, instead of when the
Last Line: Her time is the center of increasing disorder, an arrow in the space


SPHERICITY: 3.       
First Line: It is finite in extent, yet has no edges, like the surface of the earth. On
Last Line: Can have content, I. E., telling something to me, or if you were telling the content of your %dream


SPHERICITY: 4.       
First Line: The image of an apricot band of light in my memory does not block out the
Last Line: Called agreement in the form of life, and the lack of this necessity between time and a %collapsed s


SPIRIT       
First Line: This straw horse and this crabshell
Last Line: Let my oldest thought %be a crack: I am %tongues


SPRING STREET BAR       
First Line: And last night a man came in
Last Line: When there had been a sky, to write about the sky
Subject(s): Bars & Bartenders; New York City; Pubs; Taverns; Saloons; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


STAR FIELD       
First Line: Placing our emotion on a field


SUSIE, KIKI, ANNIE: 1       
First Line: On its own terms, my project with them developed a gentle
Last Line: I try to speak to her in a way in which she might take me seri- %ously and answer back


SUSIE, KIKI, ANNIE: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: The situation is an image of her gathering a toy horse from
Last Line: The horse takes a small jump in the air, and her head and shoulders arch back
Subject(s): Animals; Girls; Horses; Toys


SUSIE, KIKI, ANNIE: 2       
First Line: The situation is an image of her gathering a toy horse from
Last Line: The horse takes a small jump in the air, and her head and %shoulders arch back
Subject(s): Animals; Girls; Horses; Toys


SUSIE, KIKI, ANNIE: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: I see minnie mouse, instead of a thin girl in a cotton smock
Last Line: A sense of deferral has been added to this weave of naiveté, humor, fragility, but our relationship
Subject(s): Girls


SUSIE, KIKI, ANNIE: 3       
First Line: I see minnie mouse, instead of a thin girl in a cotton smock
Last Line: Humor, fragility, but our relation has in fact ended
Subject(s): Girls


SUSPENSION BRIDGE       
First Line: You say all of us
Last Line: Even on cool nights above the grasses %when it loves, victim to victim


SWAN       
First Line: He calls it their stage, which echoes our first misrecognition


TAN TIEN    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Meditation; Tang Dynasty (618-907)


TAN TIEN       
First Line: As usual, the first gate was modest. It is dilapidated. She can't tell


TEXAS       
First Line: I used the table as a reference and just did things from there in register
Last Line: But is a style that has got the future wrong


THE NEW BOYS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: He says problems in israel will be solved by extraterrestrials
Subject(s): Boys


THE RESERVOIR    Poem Text    
First Line: The reservoir is trying to freeze over
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


THE SWAN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: He calls it their stage
Subject(s): Feminism


TRACKS       
First Line: One day you trip and jar yourself
Last Line: Try to remember now %what is a child


TRANSLATION OF VERVER       
First Line: A roan lizard writhing on a dead leaf
Last Line: Sweeping away dry ones in a rainless summer %as if the hue of the next feather were the shedding


TRAVELLING THROUGH YOU COUNTRY       
First Line: Where peacocks scuttle
Last Line: You were standing on the mountain %roots already brown and solid as her feet


VALUE       
First Line: Your description of the amaryllis, projective, imaginary, and symbolic
Last Line: Not where she stops, but an opacity from which to extend her presence


WAR INSURANCE       
First Line: To communicate skilfully, a person must be aware of interpersonal distance


WRITTEN BEFORE EASTER IN NEW YORK - 1       
First Line: I've poisoned insects since I came to new york
Last Line: Not a soul %wants them %nothing rots but the light


WRITTEN BEFORE EASTER IN NEW YORK - 2       
First Line: Life still hangs on me, a stinking
Last Line: Extends into avenues %a residue of thick yellow dust


WRITTEN BEFORE EASTER IN NEW YORK - 3       
First Line: Single men eating their single meal
Last Line: It is high noon %men too can be members


WRITTEN BEFORE EASTER IN NEW YORK - 4       
First Line: Eighth avenue %you are adrift today
Last Line: A shredding, glittering maypole %grease, lightbulbs, pigeon feathers?


WRITTEN BEFORE EASTER IN NEW YORK - 5       
First Line: The river is a voice running up in the fog
Last Line: Soot and light fall through me to the river %the fluttering cloth, the sirens


WRITTEN BEFORE EASTER IN NEW YORK - 6       
First Line: There are new shoes
Last Line: Of all the days I hate friday, the world shakes %in the universe of cirles I am zero