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Dead Meander
Dead Meander

Dead Meander



160 Pages, 6 x 8

Trade Paper, $17.95 (US $17.95) (CA $19.95)

Publication Date: October 2012

ISBN 9781888553543

Rights: WOR

Kore Press (Oct 2012)

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Winner of:2014 Bronze Independent Publisher Book Award, essay/creative nonfiction Ruminating on the fundamental mysteries of human life—the tenuous nature of memory, bereavement, and grief, as well as the vexing complexity of familial connections—this compilation explores the pleasures of slowing down, and the deep losses incurred by not taking time to look and listen. Born out of fragments, these 10 essays surround a particular breakage in continuity and attempt to leave behind the self or the "I" at the center of them, while at the same time, reassembling a new whole. Touching upon various topics, including the death of a grandmother, a medical complication, and the events of September 11th, this work moves to consider how the body itself limits participation in the world, even as the self keeps demanding to be vital and to fully participate.


“Bernardi adroitly follows the pathways of memory to arrive in a place both traveled and not traveled before. . . . Each of the 10 essays in this book leaves the reader wanting more tickets to ride Bernardi’s mind.”  —Eve Rifkah, author, Dear Suzanne and Outcasts

“In these 10 essays, the ephemeral, image-based language of Adria Bernardi meanders beautifully in the liminal territory between prose and poetry.”  —Kate Daniels, author, A Walk in Victoria’s Secret

“A densely woven and deeply moving collection of essays in which images gather, echo one another, and are transformed in ways that are always surprising and consistently touch the heart.”  —Susan Neville, author, In the House of Blue Lights and Invention of Flight

“The hypnotic, original structure of Adria Bernardi’s poetic prose, as it sends out associative tributaries (“meanders”), finding language for extreme states, explores and extends the forms and rituals of elegy. Hers is an astonishing, at times excruciating awareness, capable of brilliantly evoking what consciousness endures when the body—whether one’s own, a child’s, or the body politic—is under assault.”  —Eleanor Wilner, poet, Tourist in Hell

Author Biography

Adria Bernardi is an author of novels, short stories, and oral histories, and is a translator of Italian poetry. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.