No Shape Bends the River So Long

PoemS | Monica Berlin & Beth Marzoni

 [Cover Image: "Out There" (60" x 72"; oil & acrylic) by Laura Newman; courtesy of the artist & the Collection of Andrew Bellas & Rachel Jones.] 

[Cover Image: "Out There" (60" x 72"; oil & acrylic) by Laura Newman; courtesy of the artist & the Collection of Andrew Bellas & Rachel Jones.] 

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Monica Berlin & Beth Marzoni 
2013 New Measure Poetry Prize Winner
Selected by Carolyn Forché 

[January 2015 by Free Verse Editions, an imprint of Parlor Press]

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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Read poems from the collection:

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DIAGRAM 13.2
Meridian
New Orleans Review 39.1
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TYPO 17