Poetry. Winner of the second 42 Miles Press Poetry Award, Erica Bernheim's THE MIMIC SEA is a whirling dervish of a book, its poems set spinning by the speaker's search for the perfect velocity, for a music rocket—fueled by the graffiti of this world in which only total coverage will suffice, a verbal opiate for the desiring consciousness. And Bernheim achieves this coverage, and more. A passion for knowing is transmuted by the blur of the universe (and all the stuff in it) made manifest in these poems, that "One Thing," the thread of existing, or co-existing, as continuous light, as consciousness ablaze with myriad forms that, by the time we finish this book, feel forged into a singular passion of being.
Erica Bernheim was born in New Jersey and grew up in Ohio and Italy. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop and her PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Since 2008, she has been an Assistant Professor of English at Florida Southern College, where she teaches creative writing and directs the Honors Program.
Author City: LAKELAND, FL USA