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Ben Berman's Figuring in the Figure offers a window intohis personal life. In reading the poems, we learn that Berman is a young father and that he is a wizard at word play, among other things. The poems are written in the terza rima form, [which] allows Berman to showcase his proficiency as a poet...I recommend that you read this book. It will make you think. - Elvis Alves, Compulsive Reader
Stand your ground and make thoughtful observations - carefully, and with aplomb. BenBerman repeatedly delivers on this not-so-easy dictum. - Foreword Reviews
Berman writes, "I want to live on the verge / of my ideas--all my beliefs set / in stone, stones waiting to be turned over." This fine collection demonstrates the coiled potential that exists when one occupies that state, engaged in life and language as a unified process of discovery. Andrew-BodeLang, Literary Mama
Ben manages to capture a father's doubts and fears in anoften humorous way, as well as the joys and little victories that we enjoy whenwe get fatherhood right (sometimes by accident, sometimes by design), but healso nimbly brings each poem to a conclusion that carries weight andpurpose. - Jim McKenzie, Everythingfor Dads
About the Author
Ben Berman's first book, STRANGE BORDERLANDS (Able Muse Press, 2013), won the Peace Corps Award for Best Book of Poetry and was a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Awards. He has received awards from the New England Poetry Club and fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Somerville Arts Council. He is the poetry editor at Solstice Literary Magazine and teaches in the Boston area, where he lives with his wife and daughters.
These are smart, funny, beautifully crafted poems. They remind you that poetry is about (among other things) exploring the possibilities of language--its felicitous quirks and curious resonances, the music and nuance and complexity of human expression. Berman manages a deft balance between complexity and accessibility, challenging his readers but never losing us, offering pleasures on every page. One of the best books I've read in a long while.
Picked up this gorgeous book of poetry at Tim Gager's Dire Series in Cambridge, where I had the huge pleasure of hearing Ben read his poetry. Accessible, beautiful poems on everything from fatherhood to the Great Molasses Flood. I found myself reading a few poems each night before sleep to help myself remember how beautiful the world is. Highly recommended.