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Anselm Berrigan

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Anselm Berrigan

Anselm Berrigan was born in 1972 in Chicago, Illinois. He received a BA from SUNY Buffalo and an MFA from Brooklyn College. He is the son of poets Alice Notley and the late Ted Berrigan.

He is the author of five books of poetry: Notes from Irrelevance (Wave Books, 2011), Free Cell (City Lights Books, 2009), Some Notes on My Programming (Edge, 2006), Zero Star Hotel (Edge, 2002), and Integrity and Dramatic Life (Edge, 1999), and coeditor with Alice Notley and his brother Edmund Berrigan, of The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan (University of California, 2005) and the Selected Poems of Ted Berrigan (University of California, 2011).

He was a New York State Foundation for the Arts Fellow in poetry in 2007 and has received two grants from the Fund for Poetry.

From 2003 to 2007 he was artistic director of The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church. He is cochair of writing at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts and also teaches writing at Pratt Institute and Brooklyn College. He lives in New York City.

by this poet

Meat pies delivered daily from
tuck shop the chalkboard
improvisionally utters to a
chump's eye. Somewhere in
the thick of the grip of the
shit that must be said to be
gotten out of the way. Can I
sit in your lap and watch
kitty videos? No, I have to
go to work. Can I go to
work with you? We can
walk outside
Things surrounding things
fill my Wicked Tuna grid
heart with a swishy austerity-like
intention. I cut my post-fleshy
forearms & bleed a serious parallel
echo chamber reading everything
to approve of nothing. I massage  
my anterior cruciate ligaments
to celebrate a hard won royal flush.
This mind is

At the Smith and Jones
Factory I get my
Gear, don't smoke
Don't vote, dry off
With Madonna towel
It's a field night
For the roachies
Smoked too many
Crumbs, too much
Genre manipulation

looks like nothing