Charles Bernstein

St Mark's Talks (1985)

Erica Hunt, Bruce Boone, Peter Inman, Jackson Mac Low, David Antin, Barbara Guest, Lorenzo Thomas, Steve McCaffery, Kathleen Fraser, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Nathaniel Mackey, Ron Silliman, Bob Perelman, Anne Waldman, Nick Piombino

In 1985, Eileen Myles was the new director of the St. Mark's Poetry Project in New York. She asked me to curate a lecture series, the first such program at the church. I modelled the series at the Poetry Project on my earlier series New York Talk, giving it the amusing title, given the sometimes seeming resistance to poetics at the St. Marks at the time, St. Marks Talks. And talk it did.

Décio Pignatari (1927-2012)

The poet, associated with the Brazillian concrete poetry movement, died today. He was 85 and lived in Sao Paulo. With Augusto and Haroldo de Campos he edited the magazne Noigandres e Invenção and they together wrote  Teoria da Poesia Concreta (1965).

Perhaps his most famcous concrete poem is this one, from 1957:

CFP: CAAP convention on American poetry & poetics in Wuhan, China

Call for Papers
The 2nd Convention of Chinese/American Association for Poetry and Poetics & International Symposium on Modern and Contemporary Literatures in English
Wuhan, China   
June 8-9, 2013

In September 2011, the 1st Convention of Chinese/American Association for Poetry and Poetics (CAAP) took place successfully, attended by about 300 scholars and poets from the world. In order to further promote international exchange and scholarly prosperity, the University of Pennsylvania-based CAAP will collaborate with the School of Foreign Languages and School of Humanities of Central China Normal University, Foreign Literature Studies, and Forum for World Literature Studies in hosting “The 2nd CAAP Convention and International Symposium on Modern and Contemporary Literatures in English” (June 8-9, 2013) in Wuhan, China. Scholars and authors all over the world are welcome.

Alte Schmiede reading, Vienna, Jan. 26, 2012

with Peter Waterhouse's University of Vienna seminar

A raucous evening of translations and transformations, performances and metamorphoses in/around All the Whiskey in Heaven and "Johnny Cake Hollow."Charles Bernstein with  Miriam Rainer, Julia Dengg, Manuel Niedermeier, Dimitri Smirnov, Helmut Ege, Franz Vala, Judith Aistleitner, Nina Truskawetz, and Peter Waterhouse. With thanks to Katharine Apostle.  Filmed by  August Bisinger

New links sweep clean

cover by Susan Bee

Susan Bee on Lee Sherry at Sibila
William Zimmer on Sherry: scan of 1983 review
I will be reading with Corina Copp and Peter Giizzi in Danniel Schoonebeek's series in Brooklyn on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

E-Poetry London/2013 RFP deadline is Dec. 1.