The 6th Convention of The Chinese/American Association for Poetry and Poetics http://writing.upenn.edu/news/CAAP.html November 3-5, 2017
Hosted by Yunnan Normal University, Kunming, China Co-sponsored by Center for English Literatures of Central China Normal University, Foreign Literature Studies, International Journal of Poetry and Poetics, and Forum for World Literature Studies
Manuel Brito has edited a collection of poems by many of the authors of his long-running poetry book series, which over its years has been one of the best publishers of American poetry. Many of the poems are written specifically for Brito or Zesterle. Check out the Zesterle web site here. Some of these books re distributed by SPD.
I last saw Paul, for as it now turns out the last time, in Hong Kong a few years ago. He took Zhimin Li and me out to dinner, a French bistro, and we had a fine time talking into the night and about all manner of things, including his life in Hong Kong. I had first heard Paul play in the part of “Einstein” (the violin part) in Glass’s “Einstein on the Beach” in 1976, a stellar evening at the Metropolitan Opera House. But I only met Paul, in New York, in the early 1990s, and we remained friends since. When I was editing his father, Louis Zukofsky’s, selected poem for Library of America, Paul very much wanted to include “4 Other Countries” — I asked him to write something to explain why, and in his response he goes way beyond that. Here it is. Other articles/essays (on music) by Paul Zukofsky at Musical Observations.
This essay originally appeared in Foreign Language Studies (Wuhan, China, April 2017, 39:2) and is forthcoming in a Chinese translation in Poetry Exploration (诗探索, Beijing). It is reprinted here with the permission of the author.
Abstract: This essay explicates three principles of Charles Bernstein’s avant-garde poetics while reflecting on his new book Pitch of Poetry, highlighting the contribution of Bernstein, as a leading figure of language poetry, to avant-garde poetics in the West. The first of the three principles is nonstop exploration. Bernstein is now a well-established figure. However, he insists, “Our journeys don’t end, our business is unfinished,” and has been consistently carrying out exploration in the field of avant-garde poetics. The second is poetics of organization.