Long-anticipated collection by award-winning poet David Bergman.
PLAIN SIGHT is an exquisite book of poems by David Bergman, “a post-modern master of the lyric narrative poem,” according to Daniel Mark Epstein. Now in his 70s, and having lived with Parkinson's for eight years, Bergman offers up poems about aging parents, love, chronic illness, and friendship that constantly surprise us in their twists and turns, their verbal brilliance, and their wit. Ultimately, PLAIN SIGHT is a deep celebration of life in all of its pain and grace.
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“Rich, intense, and remarkably generous in a world of refusals, this grace suffers, this grief signifies.”
“With hue these poems are laden and a wry wit, wistful as it is fragrant. With panache and a charm that’s wise enough to avert wisdom. With rueful loves and bluesy affirmations, through illness and loss: the consummate pleasure in words’ disarming hurt. In PLAIN SIGHT is the vigilant, aging poet, whose humor wipes away tears.”
—Charles Bernstein, Winner of the Bollingen Prize
“David Bergman is a post-modern master of the lyric narrative poem. An engaging storyteller whose narratives pulse with pathos, he navigates the crises of our lives with a gentle irony that avoids sentimentality. The range of his themes—love, death, progressive illness, art, and the conflict between sons and mothers—is supported by a striking command of metaphor and emotional tone.”
—Daniel Mark Epstein, author of Dawn to Twilight: New and Selected Poems
“With these extraordinary poems, David Bergman makes himself more visible and discoverable, in spite of the difficulty, as his title poem proclaims, of the ordinary being seen at all. I am stunned by the richness of his language—and envious. PLAIN SIGHT? His originality makes it complex and anything but plain, with a poet’s bursts of metaphor and constant turning in surprising new directions.”
—Edward Field, author of After the Fall
David Bergman is the author of three books of poetry, Cracking the Code (Ohio State University Press, 1985), which won the George Elliston Poetry Prize, Heroic Measures (Ohio State University Press, 1998) and The Fortunate Light (A Midsummer Night's Press, 2013). He is the author of the studies The Poetry of Disturbance: The Discomforts of Post-War American Poetry (Cambridge University Press, 2015) as well as Gaiety Transfigured: Gay Self-Representation in American Poetry (University of Gaiety Transfigured, 1991). His poetry won the 2022 Passager Poetry Contest and has appeared in such journals as The American Scholar, The Missouri Review, The Kenyon Review, The Paris Review, The New Republic, and The Yale Review.