Charles Bernstein

CFP: “Innovative Poetries – Innovations in Poetry”: University of Łódź (Poland)





 Call for Papers: “Innovative Poetries – Innovations in Poetry”: Department of American Literature, University of Łódź (Poland): September 29-30, 2016

Julie Patton on Close Listening

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Program one, reading (39:57): MP3
Program two, conversation with Charles Bernstein (45:29): MP3

On Program one, Julie Patton reads, performs and rips  "Car Tune," "Using Blue to Get Black," "Scribbling thru the Times,"  and "Notes for Sum (Nominally) Awake."

Maxwell Clark's +|+ at EPC Digital Library

I am pleased to announce the release of the third volume of Maxwell Clark's poetry published by the EPC Digital Library. Read the pdf here.  

John Clare's vowelless letter (performed)

Plus Partch, Reznikoff, Mother Goose, Khlebnikov, & Joe Hill

My reading of Clare's vowelless letter at the launch for Barbaric Vast & Wild: Poems for the Millennium Vol. V, edited by Jerome Rothenberg  and John Bloomberg-Rissman, at The Poetry Project, Oct. 14, 2015. 

Fourth CAAP Convention in Jinan, China

At my graduate seminar at the University of Pennsylvania the other night, one of the students made a point that is very often made, expressing an anxiety that poetry is luxury for those with time and learning. I thought of Audre Lord’s great essay “Poetry Is Not a Luxury.” Indeed, those who feel they have enough – money, material satisfaction, knowledge – are likely to think that poetry is not necessary: it doesn’t contribute to economic growth, offers no immediate solutions to poverty or climate change, can’t stop political violence or bring about more just societies. W.H. Auden famously wrote “Poetry makes nothing happen.” I take that nothing to be the same place Emily Dickinson invokes when she writes that “no” is the wildest word we consign to language. Poetry is both a wilderness and a desert, the same one the ancient Isrealites wandered in Exodus. And it is just such deserts or wildernesses, such sites of blank or emptiness or nothing, that we have a place for exchange across what otherwise might seem insurmountable borders, as between our two complex and rich cultures of China and the Americas.

2015 Conference Program: PDF

 My opening remarks:

I regret I cannot be in Jinan for the Fourth CAAP Convention – the fifth convention to bring together Chinese scholars and teachers who are engaged with poetry and poetics and the exchange between American and Chinese scholars and poets.