No Shape Bends the River So Long
PoemS | Monica Berlin & Beth Marzoni
No Shape Bends the River So Long meanders through the American landscape in search of site and relic, home and away-from-home. Part meditation on our tenuous position in the natural world and part interrogation of that relationship, these poems map what any place records and what it has erased. Weathered by obsolescence, chance, complacency, and awe, they carve out a new idiom for how we go on. Berlin and Marzoni’s collaboration sometimes floods, sometimes traces then turns then retraces to return. And where we arrive, again and again, is the tender address: dear disasters; dear cities spilled over and small towns droughting; dear what the wind carries off; dear the river takes back.
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