The poems of Dwelling investigate, musically and with “bended” syntax, the issue of form—in body, home, and poem. They ask questions like: Is a “home” perhaps a series of spatial and cognitive experiences? What makes a structure/ space a home? Is it shape and architectural elements, the experiences and interactions that transpire there, the personal objects contained within, or the language ascribed to it? Can one separate recollections of one’s past from the physical spaces in which they occurred? Is a “home” just a backdrop for events that will become memories or is it another body, inside of which is found the tangible and intangible stuff of self, a body to be read like any other text? If so, what is read there?
Born and raised in the Midwest, Heather C. Akerberg resides in Omaha, Neb. She has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Brown University and has appeared in magazines like Bombay Gin, Aufgabe, untitled and The Nebraska Review. Dwelling is her first book.
“…She also looks at memory as being separate from the personal, a very interesting concept…. this is one book difficult to put down.”
— John Jacob (Small Press Review, July-August 2008)
“Akerberg made me think of Niedecker more than once in this collection, with her handling of the natural world in an often meticulous fashion… Her poetry is the sort that stays with one.”
—William Keckler, JoeBrainardsPyjama.blogspot.com (5/8/08)