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"Reflective in nature, these poems use form--from slant-rhyming couplets to prose poems--to limn the tensions of readjustment, and mine memory for stories that keep the author rooted to a place that will forever and never be his. Throughout the collection, Berman's images sear the brain with their often-perplexing otherness, while his openness to new cultures and peoples help readers understand how beautiful the world's strangeness can be. This is a must-have book for readers of poetry."  Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"Ben Berman's riveting first poetry collection, Strange Borderlands... poignantly conveys an insistent and nettlesome remembering, a half-wild entertaining of meaning, along with an unsettled understanding that there might not be any."  Jan Worth-Nelson, Peace Corps Writers

"In this collection of poems inspired by his experiences in Zimbabwe as a Peace Corps volunteer, Ben Berman manages to capture the ephemeral quality of cultural collisions. Sometimes humorous, sometimes soul wrenching, these poems explore the edges of difference with a wry and tender voice." World Literature Today

"What I admire most about these poems, beyond their intense imagery and the tensions constructed between dark and light, is the clear love and respect this poet demonstrates for his subject matter. There is a human scale to each poem that helps the reader walk the trails of this landscape however unfamiliar they may have been until that moment." Miriam O'Neal, Ragazine

"Laughter is everywhere in the people and in the humor unearthed even from the misery many of these poems describe--it becomes a language of its own...The misjudgments and gaffes that result in the constant battering of Berman in Zimbabwe end up creating a surety, a line of communication, a bulwark against all that threatened to collapse." Valerie Duff-Strautmann, Salamander Magazine 

About the Author

Ben Berman is the author of Strange Borderlands (Able Muse Press), which won the 2014 Peace Corps Writers Award for Best Poetry Book and was a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award. He has received awards from the New England Poetry Club and fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Somerville Arts Council. He is the Co-Poetry Editor at Solstice Literary Journal and he teaches in the Boston area where he lives with his wife and two daughters. You can visit him at

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  • File Size: 2649 KB
  • Print Length: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Able Muse Press (December 31, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 31, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B8Y5SDQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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