Halo by Stephen Berg

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This is a wild book of highly autobiographical, essentially religious prose poems. Jorie Graham sees Stephen Berg's work as a "strenuous and often dangerous self-witness; an astounding overview of American urban life at the apex and turning point of a major civilization; a probing into memory -- both of the individual and of the race -- at a moment when memory might be the medium that both saves us and finally condemns us; most importantly, it is brilliantly written, brilliantly perceived . . . In reading Berg you will be reading the master of the prose poem."

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Stephen Berg is the author of numerous collections of poetry and translations and has been awarded the Frank O'Hara Memorial Prize, a Columbia University Translation Prize, and fellowships from the Guggenheim, Pew, Rockefeller, and Dietrich Foundations, as well as from the National Endowment for the Arts. Berg has taught at Princeton and Haverford and is currently a professor of humanities at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Published December 1, 2000 by Sheep Meadow. 57 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In these two smallish books of prose poems, Berg strains for the visceral transcendence of the saints--prayer-based on the one hand, and Magdalene-like on the other. The short, quasi-religious paragra

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But Duchamp's reported speech seems compromised by Berg's fast-paced, run-on sentences (""the idea was touch not art how would you like to eat an apple drink a glass of wine if you didn't have hands anyhow put a bicycle wheel and a stool together "") and sexual imagination: ""...first the door th...

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