Charles Bernstein

Bernstein on Pound at the Library of Congress, Oct. 30, 2015

Full program: introduction by Robert Casper, Head of the Poetry and Literature Center, LOC; comments and reading by Elizabeth Arnold and me.
While the context of the event at the Library of Congress was Pound's birthday, I took the occasion to discuss the 1948 Bollingen prize, awarded by the Library of Congress to Pound for his Pisan Cantos
•My commentary commentary begins here: (23:00

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."

The swerve of verse: Lucretius' 'Of Things' Nature' and the necessity of poetic form

In a review of the superb Ronald Melville translation of Lucretius's De Rerum Natura (I offer here a new translation of the title: Of Things' Nature), Richard Jenkyns gives an explanation of why this work was written in verse. (He repeats this explanation in his introduction to Alicia Stalling's 2007 translation.):