Charles Bernstein

Reviews of relatively recent works of poetry and poetics, mostly by poets

Phong Bui (ed. Brooklyn Rail), portrait of Charles Bernstein, 2017. Courtesy Brooklyn Rail.

For the April issue of the Brooklyn Rail, I edited a collection of twenty-seven reviews of recent books of poetry and poetics:

Responses to Eleni Stecopoulos's Visceral Poetics

Eleni Stecopoulos’ brilliantly provocative, syncretic manifesto, Visceral Poetics,  identifies idiopathic disease with ideolectical poetics, pathology with anomaly – the flesh of the text and the text of the flesh — bringing home the liberatory potential for visceral readings of the unintelligible. For Stecopoulos, diagnosis is a practice of aesthetic translation and poetry a quest for knowledge outside the disabling strictures of Western rationalism. Written in lyric bursts of telegraphic intensity, Stecopoulos follows her guides, Artaud and Metcalf, through veils of suffering in order to repossess, from the jaws of evisceration, her own life — and ours. 

Calligraphy Typewriters: 'The Selected Poems of Larry Eigner'

The selected poems of Larry Eigner is just out from the series I edit with Hank Lazer at the University of Alabama Press. We are able to offer a 30% discount, so you can get this 350-page book for $17. 

Eigner’s poetry is one of the splendors of postwar American culture. There is no more perfect introduction to Eigner’s sublime actualizations of the “sustaining air” of the everyday than this selection.

My foreword to the book is included in Pitch of Poetry.  It is also on-line here

Susan Bee in conversation with Phong Bui

Photo: Nathlie Provosty

On March 25, 2017, Phong Bui interviewed Susan Bee at “POW!,” Bee’s show of new paintings at A.I.R. gallery (Brooklyn), which is on until April 16. 

Richard Swigg (1938-2017)

Richard Swigg was a great friend of PennSound, editing our extensive sound recording collections of Williams, Bunting, Tomlinson, Oppen, and Replansky. His work was thorough, with the aim of archiving all the audio recordings of these poets. He was tireless in his efforts — he spent decades assembling the recordings — and worked with us in securing permission to make these recordings available on PennSound.