Meredith Bergmann’s poetry and criticism have appeared in many journals, including Barrow Street, Contemporary Poetry Review, Hudson Review, Light, Mezzo Cammin, The New Criterion, The Raintown Review, The Same, The Tri Quarterly Review and the anthology Hot Sonnets. Her sonnets have won honorable mentions from the Frost Farm Poetry Prize in 2013 and 2015. She was poetry editor of American Arts Quarterly from 2006-2017. Her chapbook “A Special Education” was published in 2014 by EXOT Books.
From A Special Education:
The Crouching Venus
Roman copy after an original of the 3rd century BC
Marble, height 96 cm
The history of art is full of pain:
sometimes within the work, sometimes inflicted
on the body of the work itself
by acts of god or vandals, acid rain,
or fashion (later versions have rejected
seven of her belly’s folds and creases,
smoothed her girth, sucked out her attribute
as goddess of inevitable birth
and left her slim, alone.) Here, missing pieces
are not missed: coy arms that convolute,
her curly head, may sit upon a shelf.
But on her back, as if to budge the earth,
a tiny hand is still attached. I’m wild
with sudden grief. I have to find that child.