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Notes from Irrelevance
Anselm Berrigan. Wave (Consortium, dist.), $16 trade paper (80p) ISBN 978-1-933517-54-4
Stirring cosmic observations and succinct "micro-meanings" in the same pot, Berrigan creates a single poem that reads like the manifesto of a poet who would never admit he's writing one. "I don't think it works," he says, "to/plead for a voice out of/the monolith to make/clear what you sense, feel, know to be happening." If we read this as a statement against finding one's voice in poetry via the Muse, elsewhere Berrigan is even more literal about his …