Charles Bernstein

Segue Distributing catalogs 1980-1993

I worked with James Sherry in establishing Segue Distributing in 1980.
I edited the initial set of catalogs (til 1986).

Click on covers to get pdf of full catalog
(courtesry the Digital Library at the Electronic Poetry Center)

CAAP 2011 conference in Wuhan: group photos

Ning Yizhong, Nie Zhenzhao, Marjorie Perloff, Charles Bernstein, Ou Hong, Lianggong Luo

 

Wuhan 2001 group photo
click on image for full-size.


rasulas in Wuhan
Nie, Susan Bee, Bernstein, Jed Rasula, Suzie Rasula, Luo

Exquisite Fucking Boredom

a film by Emma Bee Bernstein

Fraud’s phantoms: Czernin and Schmatz

from Attack of the Difficult Poems

This is an excerpt from "Fraud’s Phantoms: A Brief Yet Unreliable Account of Fighting Fraud with Fraud (No Pun on Freud Intended), with Special Reference to the Poetics of Ressentiment" from Attack of the Difficult Poems: Essays and Inventions

In the early summer of 1986, two young Austrian poets, Franz Josef Czernin and Ferdinand Schmatz, had the idea to write poems that closely resembled the poems they found most typical and at the same time most deplorable in contemporary poetry volumes, for example the work of Rainer Kunze, Günther Kunert, and Sarah Kirsch. At first they had the idea to call the poet Irene Schwaighofer (silent court), a poet born in a little town in upper Austria, who, familiar through schooling with the tenets of modernism, would need no time to forge her own distinctive style and upon being published would proceed to win many prizes and much praise. However, Czernin and Schmatz felt this process would take too long and in order to shorten the “difficult and boring” process, decided to give authorship of the poems to Czernin. They completed the work in a few weeks and the book was immediately accepted for publication under the title Die Reise (the journey). The book received positive attention, some of which suggested that at last Czernin has given up his thrashing about in the waters of experimentation and found a more profound and authentic voice. When Czernin broke the news of his own duplicitous relation to the poems in Der Spiegel in March 1987, a furious hale of criticism descended upon him, not the least from the publisher of the book, who felt he had been betrayed. Later the same year,  Czernin and Schmatz published a book-length account of the story together with exchanges between them and several interlocking essays.

Nathaniel Mackey reads from Nod House

from Nod House (new from New Directions)
reading on Close Lisening: