David Bergman

David Bergman is the author most recently of The Poetry of Disturbance: The Discomforts of Postwar American Poetry (Cambridge, 2015). His latest book of poetry is Fortunate Light (Midsummer Night’s Press, 2013). He teaches at Towson University.

Summer 2000

Marketing Poetry

By David Bergman

Review The Ghost of Tradition: Expansive Poetry and Postmodernism by Kevin Walzer. Ashland, OR: Story Line Press, 1998. 206 pages. $15.95. American poets have always had a vexed relationship to […]

Winter 1992

Heroic Measures

By David Bergman

Angina Pectoris being what it is, my father is made to walk four miles a day about the Floridian development where he and my mother came to retire. Down for […]

Winter 1985

The Dedicant*

By David Bergman

         For Gordon Lester-Massman Dear Melville,    How should I receive this gesture, my name carved on your latest craft, a gilded figurehead condemned to bite the spume or drown in waves […]

Winter 1985

Cardiogram

By David Bergman

It’s not angina, the pump too weak to bail its foundering ship, but a heart that skips a beat as it dances, trip- ping over its own feet. So says […]

Winter 1980

Elective Surgery

By David Bergman

No accusations, love, about the past.   Think only of the pleasures of this night, all that we have made together. What false   note could have led to such a harmony […]