Charles Bernstein

Heimrad Bäcker: Documentary poetry (an essay)

Afterword by Sabine Zelger: A past charged with now-time

Translated by Jacquelyn Deal and Patrick Greaney
German text follows the English

At the beginning of temporality and historicity, at the beginning of history, Cain is asked where his brother Abel is. He responds with a question: “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Mythology reveals a substitution at the beginning of time and history: the Cainian language convention. A category of good conduct, being someone’s keeper, is used to conceal an action; in his denial, Cain clings to an ethical category and deploys it for something completely different.

Writing from the New Coast: the video

March 31 - April 3, 1993

Jena Osman

Kritin Prevallet’s and Gail Brisson’s video of Buffalo poets at the New Coast festival: Peter Gizzi, Juliana Spahr, Bill Tuttle, Pam Rehm, Ben Friedlander, Lew Daly, Mark Wallace and Jena Osman.

Stephen Burt and Charles Bernstein, On Experiment (Rutgers, April 10, 2014) (audio files)

On Experiment, Rutgers - New Brunswick conference, orgnized by Rachel Feder
April 10, 2014

In which Burt argues for experimental poetry and I argue against it, in an Alice-in-Wonderland-like reversal. 

Motion of Light: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany's Performative Poetics: Videos

April 11, 2014

photo ©2014 Charles Bernstein

Honoring Chip's contribution to Temple-Penn Poetics. 

Organized by Tracie Morris & Charles Bernstein
full video of events can be viewed in three segments:


Part 1:
intro, Fred Barney Taylor (before/after showing of his film The Polymath), talks by Kenneth James, Terry Rowden, & Ira Livingston