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RELIEF MAP (C&R Press, 2017)

A winner of the 2016 Summer Tide Pool Chapbook Competition

Read a sample here

Available from C&R Press

“The poems in Relief Map explore the dynamic landscape of abiding love—that territory that is ‘forever unchartered’ and yet ‘familiar as your own face and hands.’ Bertram locates the spirit in the body and the body, the human animal, in the natural world. The language of the poems, like the lovers who inhabit them is ‘swashbuckling & radiant’ and leads us through, and beyond, ‘the lonesome country of the self.’”—Grace Bauer, author of The Women At The Well and Mean/Time

“That oft-traversed and never-understood terrain of the beloved, of desire. Bertram asks us to trace our hands over the everyday and see it anew, so that we may marvel at it: ‘To light one another from within & stare dumbstruck at the glow.’ This collection, contemplative and shot through with longing, is a bright burning thing reminding us of the tenuousness and beauty inherent to intimacy.”—Katie Schmid, author of forget me / hit me / let me drink great quantities of clear, evil liquor


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FROM THE VANISHING OF CAMILLE CLAUDEL (Seven Kitchens Press, 2016)

Read an excerpt here

Available from Seven Kitchens Press

A multi-genre inquiry into the life and work of the controversial, yet remarkably talented, nineteenth-century French sculptor.

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MEMENTO MORI (Dancing Girl Press, 2014)

Listen to an excerpt here

Available from Dancing Girl Press

“The lyric meditations of this collection read like prayer, each rooted in fierce and open-hearted attention, each full of longing and ‘words to utter as a stay against the dark.’  I want to quote line after line”—Rebecca Wee, author of Uncertain Grace

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WINDFALL (Lettre Sauvage, 2010)

Winner of the 2009 Lettre Sauvage Chapbook Prize

Available from Lettre Sauvage

“Spring-blown & ecstatic, the avid speech of Erin Bertram’s poems awakens spirit to its core.”—Mark Irwin, contest judge

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INLAND SEA (Seven Kitchens Press, 2009)

Winner of the 2009 Robin Becker Chapbook Prize

Available from Seven Kitchens Press

Cover photograph by Kris Sanford

“filled with beautiful disconnects, startling juxtapositions of language and image, and a loping, mournful grace.”—Ruth L. Schwartz, contest judge

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THE URGE TO BELIEVE IS STRONGER THAN BELIEF ITSELF (Cherry Pie Press, 2008)

Read an excerpt here

Out of print at Cherry Pie Press

“a poet at high power making use of language, form, and the material of the text to render experience in three registers—physical, psychological, metaphysical”—Review, Bill Scalia at Galatea Resurrects

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THE MOST WILD, KINDLY GREEN (Achiote Press, 2008)

Out of print at Achiote Press

“I love the way Erin’s poem [“Beat Fast My Heart”] catapults the reader right into a disorienting, fragmentary narrative—my favorite kind—and alternates between short, halting statements and astonishing enjambments.”—Mary Biddinger, editor of Barn Owl Review

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BODY OF WATER (Thorngate Road, 2007)

Winner of the 2007 Frank O’Hara Chapbook Award

Out of print at Thorngate Road

“engenders a longing none of us can ignore and all of us recognize immediately, a longing beyond the physical, even beyond articulation in any language except, perhaps, the angels.”—Jim Elledge, contest judge

“Body of Water is masterfully constructed by one of the most skilled poets I have read in a long time”—Review, Bill Scalia at Galatea Resurrects

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ALLUVIUM (Dancing Girl Press, 2007)

Read an excerpt here

Available from Dancing Girl Press

Cover photograph by Kris Sanford

“Bertram’s poetry is darkly sparkling, adroit, well crafted, painterly, vital and sonically rapturous”—Review, Karyna McGlynn at New Pages

“this volume demands more than a quick reading session from its readers—this is a book that commands our attention.”—Review, Genevieve Kaplan at Galatea Resurrects

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CLOSE YOUR EYES, LOOK AT ME (Gold Wake Press, 2011)

Micro-chapbook

Out of print at Gold Wake Press

Cover photograph by Kelvin Mason

An exploration of the arresting powers of desire and attention, against a backdrop of verdant green.

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WISE RAVEN (Big Game Books, 2008)

Micro-chapbook

Out of print at Big Game Books

“the power of persona is first seen as in a glass, darkly, but made all the more forceful by the shadows, and the unavoidable lightning.”—Maureen Thorson, series editor

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WHERE THE WIND BENDS BACKWARDS (918 Studio Press, 2014)

Co-written w/ Ryan Collins

Available from 918 Studio Press“fused together with tone and imagery. A sense of place, of home, is felt at once but also a sense of loneliness.”—Sarah Lilius, author of What Becomes Within and The Heart Factory

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 HERE, HUNGER (NeO Pepper Press, 2007)

Co-written w/ Sarah Lilius

Available from NeO Pepper Press

A series of exquisite corpse poems about desire, moonlit nights, liminality, & wide-open fields.

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