Gold Line Press
“perhaps it was like singing” – “Duration”
Imagine if you live in a place without birds and then start reading Darwin. Let’s also assume you have no context about Darwin’s life or what society was like in his time. His notes would be a found object—full of fantastic descriptions from an almost alien realm. This is what it feels like entering A Catalogue of Further Suns.
Put another way, poems in Catalogue read like fragments from Kirk’s Captain’s Log.
Their visible spectrum intersected ours,
And their data systems were also binary.
Foreign settings coupled with familiar concepts and human perceptions seduce the reader into these possible worlds.
They were devouring small birds, roasted
by the dozen, using the violet-feathered skins
to adorn their spines.
Bergmann’s healthy imagination is peppered with humor.
And a man arose late one morning
to find a basalt sarcophagus, sealed
with lead, that could not have fit
through any door, but was somehow
there in his now-crowded bedroom.
At root Bergmann’s poems are serious, and the poet always writes with intention. This sincerity is often cloaked in the guise of otherness and play.
wishing for more wishes
About the Author:
F.J. Bergmann is a poet, science-fiction writer, artist, and web designer. Bergmann is the poetry editor of Mobius: The Journal of Social Change and former editor of Star*Line, the journal of the Science Fiction Poetry Association.
About the Reviewer:
Mark Danowsky is Managing Editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal. Information about his poetry editing service can be found at vrscrft.wordpress.com.