Charles Bernstein

Sherry Bernstein (Feb. 2, 1921–October 27, 2018)

“Grandma: Night Window” © Emma Bee Bernstein, 2008

My mother — Sherry — died last night. 

Jenny Holzer at Comcast

Jenny Holzer’s new, dazzling, installation at the Philadelphia’s Comcast Technology Center consists of nine echoing lines of seventeen-hours of text running continuously on the ceiling. Among the texts set by Holzer are three poems of mine from Girly Man: “Didn’t We,” “Likeness,” and “The Beauty of Useless Things: A Kantian Tale” (not pictured in the video).  

Test of Poetry: Five translations

Charles Bernstein, Norbert Lange, Ernesto Livon-Grosman, Collective à Royaumont, Haroldo de Campos,  and Leevi Lehto

A Test of Poetry

“A Test of Poetry” was written in 1992 and published in My Way: Speeches and Poems (University of Chicago Press, 1999). The poem is based on a letter from the Chinese scholar Ziquing Zhang, who translated poems from Rough Trades and The Sophist for Selected Language Poems (Chengdu, China: Sichuan Literature and Art Publishing House, 1993); quotations from the poems are italicized.  It seemed to me that Ziquing Zhang’s questions provided both an incisive commentary on my poems and also raised a set of imponderble yet giddy, not to say fundamental, translation issues. Several  poets have take up the task of translating this poem, and we here compile the results: Norbert Lange into German, Ernesto Livon-Grosman into Spanish, Collective à Royaumont dans le cadre de l’Atelier Cosmopolite into French (originally published as a pamphlet by Format Américain), Haroldo de Campos into Portuguese, and Levi Lehto into Finnish.

Bogatá and Medellín, Sept. 2019

“History will absolve us”: the poetics of the Americas. Enrique Winter and me with Simón Bolívar in Bogotá.

Launches for Blanco Inmóvil, Charles Bernstein translated by Enrique Winter, Ediciones Uniandes (Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá)Blanco inmovil

Enrique Winter, “La poesía impermeable de Charles Bernstein” Arcadia, Sept. 12, 2018

 

 

Ira Joel Haber on Hannah Weiner

© Ira Joel Haber

from Ira Joel Haber on this 1970 poster: