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.
Her collection, Nostalgia for a World Where We Can Live, was awarded the 2017 Crab Orchard Poetry Open prize, selected by Adrian Matejka, and will be published in 2018 by Southern Illinois University Press.
Berlin’s essays have been published in Third Coast, Ninth Letter, TriQuarterly, Memoir (and), & elsewhere. She won the Thomas R. Hruska Memorial Nonfiction Prize from Passages Northfor “The Eighteenth Week” (winter/spring 2010). "Still, Rivers," also in Passages North (winter/spring 2014), was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. A new essay, “Remembered Is Misremembered Then Turns,” has been included in From Curlers to Chainsaws: Women & Their Machines, edited by Joyce Dyer, Jennifer Cognard-Black, & Elizabeth MacLeod Walls (Michigan State University Press, 2016).
Her chapbook of essays, Your Small Towns of Adult Sorrow & Melancholy, is available for order now from the good folks at Tammy.
Take a listen to this interview I gave to Jim Sullivan for ICC's Poets' Voices radio show over at WAZU 90.7 FM.