Simeon Berry - Monograph
Simeon Berry has been an associate editor for "Ploughshares" and won a Massachusetts Cultural Council Individual Artist Grant and a Career Chapter Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters. His first book, "Ampersand Revisited," was selected for the 2013 National Poetry Series. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Written in narrow sections that blur the distinction between flash fiction and prose poetry, between memoir and meditation, "Monograph" veers from the elliptical to the explosive as it dissects the Gordian knot of a marriage's intellectual, sexual, and domestic lives. Invoking Raymond Chandler, Pythagoras, Joan Didion, and Virginia Woolf as presiding spirits, Simeon Berry curates the negative space of each wry tableau, destabilizing the high seriousness of every lyric aside and slipping quantum uncertainty into the stark lineaments of loss.