Stand your ground and make thoughtful observations—carefully, and with aplomb. Ben Berman repeatedly delivers on this not-so-easy dictum. He ain’t no bum.
A fan of Dante’s terza rima rhyme schemes, Berman’s early book, Strange Borderlands, won the Peace Corps Award for Best Book of Poetry. He edits Solstice Literary Magazine and teaches around Boston.
The jungle, to us, was this big carnival
where you could shoot photos of gnus
snuggling with their adorable calves,
but our cameras must have looked like guns,
and those wildebeests stopped grazing on ferns
and began instead to snort and moo and grunt.
Still, not until one hunched down on all fours,
lowered its gangly mane and then charged
did we see not furry but fury,
realize the game had suddenly changed.
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