Charles Bernstein

'Teke Heart' by Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven at MoMA


For the opening of  Dadaglobe Reconstucted last night at the Museum of Modern Art (NY), I performed “Teke Heart” by Else Baroness von Freytag-Loringhoven (as she bills herself on the holograph ms) (1874–1927). I performed it in the gallery next to the ms of the 1921 poem, sent to Tristan Tzara for his never-published anthology Dadaglobe.

The complete CHANGE (Paris) as pdf

8482-page PDF of the full run of the Paris-based Change magazine, ed. by Jean Pierre Faye, Maurice Roche et Jacques Roubaud & later with Philippe Boyer, Yves Buin, Jean-Claude Montel, Jean Paris, Léon Robel & Mitsou Ronat. digital edition ed. Abigail Lang,

Pastorius's 'Beehive'

A few days ago, Peter Stallybrass  pointed me toward the digital edition of Francis Daniel Pastorius (1651-1719) work,  His Hive, Melliotrophium Alvear or, Rusca Apium, Begun Anno Do[mi]ni or, in the year of Christian Account 1696. This work is a compendium of various kinds of "found" lore, a sort of precursor to Walter Benjamin's Arcades project -- 

Pastorius' commonplace book, usually referred to as the Beehive manuscript (from Pastorius' prologue, p. 1), is a compendium and alphabetical digest of knowledge including inscriptions, epitaphs, proverbs, poetry, Biblical citations, theological citations, quotations, a list of books he read or knew, copies of letters, and notes on science, useful herbs and other plants.

The Beehive is a foundational work of  American poetics, even if few American poets know it. Key, as Peter pointed out to me, is the alphabetical index,  the third volume, which enables a reader to find items scattered through the work, which consists of three volume of about 1000 pages. Certainly the index makes for a stellar, uncanny, found poem, more resonant for contemporary readers than Pastorius's own poetry. 

'Denken dat ik denk dat ik denk'

Denken dat ik denk dat ik denk: Dutch translations by Ton Van 't Hof, Sarah Posman en Samuel Vriezen, now out from Stanza. Cover painting by Susan Bee.

'Short Course' by Ted Greenwald and Charles Bernstein, new from Chax Press

First publication from The Course, a collaboration I have been working on with Ted Greenwald since July. A beautiful edition from Chax, the book includes "Breaking News" ("Séance in triple meter"); "As You Know" ("Wishful clouds / Kind of affection / Scoop out night); "Still Life with Thought" ("Venuses, desperate"); "Too Late for Tears" ("It’s not the intent it’s the effect / Matters")' "Silent Seething" ("Not we, even more slowly, but you."); and "White Lightning" ("Hotdog bungees").