by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge

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Contemporary American poet Mei-mei Berssenbrugge has released a new collection of poems titled Hello, the Roses.  This Beijing-born poet was awarded the American Book Award in 1980 and 1984, the Asian American Literary Award in 1998 and 2004, and the PEN West Award in 1990.  She has been writing poetry for four decades and has collaborated with many artists, most notably with visual artist Kiki Smith on Endocrinology and A Lit Cloud
Mei-mei Berssenbrugge’s work is known for its explorations of phenomenology, quantum physics and clairsentience.  She attempts to capture the process of perception.  There are examples of scientific language being co-opted into poetry throughout.  Her observations are at once a personal and a universal viewpoint.
Berssenbrugge partnered with her spouse, American sculptor Richard Tuttle, to create an exhibition at Kunstverein Munich in 2012 that took its inspiration and title from Hello, the Roses.  Tuttle used humble materials to craft 26 ethereal sculptures and installed his pieces in response to Berssenbrugge reading these poems aloud in the space.  This synthesis of visual art and poetry in the exhibition site formed an actualization of space.

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