Four Year Old Girl
Special Edition, numbered and signed by the artists, with a
stipple varnish on litho-printed Arches 88 paper, $200,
In this extraordinary collection of poems by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, writing reflects human presence in the phenomenal world. Physical sensations of experience -- a horizon, moisture, a child, a piece of quartz, a loss -- become objects of focus and poetic elements. Her written lines, like strings of protein, both create and destroy bonds. Reading affords moments of exquisite vulnerability in which the perceived world is suddenly exposed to the quick. The pace of everyday life slips into that of a waking dream.
Winner of the Western States Book Award, 1998.