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Mei-mei Berssenbrugge

& Richard Tuttle


    1993, 48 pages

    ISBN 0-937216-30-X



    Sphericity is the second collaboration between Mei-mei Berssenbrugge and Richard Tuttle. In these new poems, abstractions such as beauty, value, sphericity, desire, and color intersect experience in a world of ambiguous origins and intentions. The results are poems of luminous precision written in extended lines that are lyrical, meditative, and unique in American poetry.




    Mei-mei Berssenbrugge was born in Beijing and grew up in Massachusetts. She received degrees in poetry from Reed College and Columbia University School of the Arts and taught poetry at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her books include Empathy from Station Hill Press and five books from Kelsey Street Press: Sphericity, Endocrinology, Four Year Old Girl, NEST, and Concordance, with covers and design by her husband, Richard Tuttle. Among her awards are two National Endowment Fellowships, two Before Columbus National Book Awards and two Asian American Writers’ Workshop Book Awards. I Love Artists: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS was released from the University of California Press in 2006. Her collaborations include Hiddenness with Richard Tuttle published by the Whitney Museum Library Fellows in 1997 and The Lit Cloud with Kiki Smith from Lelong Gallery in 2012. Hello, the Roses, was published by New Directions in 2013. In 2021 Berssenbrugge was named the winner of Yale’s 2021 Bollingen Prize for American Poetry. The prize is awarded biennially to an American poet for the best book of poetry in the previous two years or for lifetime achievement. For Berssenbrugge the award recognized her work A Treatise of Stars (New Directions, 2020) and lifetime achievement. Berssenbrugge lives in northern New Mexico and New York City.

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