Charles Bernstein

Dean Drummond (1949-2013)

photo: Mike Peters

The world swirls around me
It's a mystery I'm here at all
The world swirls around me
It's a mystery I'm standing here at all
Got a telegram from eternity
Said it was time for me to call


There's no time like the present
And the present's already gone
No time like the present
And the present it's already gone

Dominique Fourcade and Charles Bernstein in conversation on modernism, abstraction, & Stein

Henri Matisse, Woman with a Hat, 1905.

Dominique Fourcade and Charles Bernstein in conversation
"La poétique, l'écriture de la poésie et l'invention du modernism"
(Poetics, the writing of poetry, and the invention of modernism)
presentated at the  Gertrude Stein and the Arts  conference, which was part of the Matisse, Cézanne, Picasso... L’aventure des Stein 
at the Grand Palais in Paris  (same as  "The Steins Collect" at SF MoMA now at the Met (in NY). 

Oct. 21, 2011. (1:05:45): MP3
the conversation in entirely in English
courtesy PennSound

L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E POETICS: 2 volume Chinese translation of selected essays and poems by Charles Bernstein

by Charles Bernstein
translated by Luo Lianggong, et al.
Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press, Feb 2013
ISBN  978-7-5446-3021-4 / I-0229
190 pages

S/N: NewWorldPoetics -- pdf of issue 4 now available

 V.I, N.4 (PDF)
August 2012

N. American poetry/poetics translatd into Spanish, Latin American poetry/poetics translated into English.

edited by Charles Bernstein and Eduaro Espina

Mario Arteca, tr. G.J. Racz 
Lila Zemborain, tr. Gabriel Amor
Fransisco Madariaga, tr. Molly Weigel
Esteban Peicovich, tr. G.J. Racz 
Barbara Guest, tr. Arcadio Leos

Poetics / Poeticas
Meanwhile | Daniel Freidemberg
de Ojos del testimonio | Jerome Rothenberg, tr. Heriberto Yépez
Una semana de blogs para la Fundación de Poesía | Kenneth Goldsmith, tr. Néstor Cabrera Quesada
Escritura y experiencia | Nick Piombino, tr. Néstor Cabrera Quesada
Francisco Madariaga, mi padre, el poeta del trino blanco y el oro del amor | Lucio L. Madariaga
Interview w Francisco Madariaga | Silvia Guerra
LINEbreak: Barbara Guest en 1995 | Charles Bernstein, tr. Arcadio Leos 

Note our new website address: now at EPC!

the site has pdfs of all back issues.

Disfiguring Abstraction: a performance at MoMA on April 3

Disfiguring Abstraction
a performance at the Museum of Modern Art on April 3, 2013 at 12:30pm in the Inventing Abstraction show on the sixth floor of the museum, assembling under the Network Connections sign at the beginning of the exhibition. Part of the series Uncontested Spaces: Guerrilla Readings in Kenneth Goldsmith's "Poet Laureate" program. This reading is a supplement to "Disfiguring Abstraction," an essay on the Inventing Abstraction show forthcoming in the Spring 2013 issue of Critical Inquiry (which begins with these aphorisms and first paragraph):




You can be a museum or you can be modern, but you can’t be both.                                                          
––Gertrude Stein to Alfred Barr

No painting is so figurative that under certain conditions it will not look abstract.
––after Oscar Wilde

What color is abstraction? It can’t just be white. Its invention in time (for example, 1910 or 1912) only means that it creates a holding space for abstractions from other times and places. To centrally locate one locus of abstraction would be to diminish the radicality of abstraction’s connections to its others – or its engendering of its others.