Anselm Berrigan is the Poetry editor at the Brooklyn Rail. His next book of poems, Something for Everybody, will be out later this year from Wave Books.
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The distinction between private and public registers has always been hard for me to find, & I think the specific logic of address often takes care of it as a non-distinction, however accidental, unknowing, or haphazard the insistence of that invented logic gives itself off to be.
forced to cuddle but some heirloom of power and peril it must be I have sufferings natural to me and a desire to repeat the clear truth
Anselm and I first met through a mutual friend, the painter and collagist Jonathan Allen, whose artwork I’d exhibited and whose first art monograph I’d published though my press, Brooklyn Arts Press (BAP).