Digital Poetics 1

The Self Does Not Exist

When I look for a place to start our discussion, I am reminded of a website from a few years ago. With the ominous address “,” the site presents a single face filling the screen, with another face replacing it every time the user presses “ENTER.” No commentary or introductory text is offered, but a quick search returns cautionary news articles written when the site launched in 2019. The site is the work of a former NVIDIA engineer who created a custom A.I. that generates faces in real time from images scraped from social media platforms.

In Memoriam: Marjorie Perloff (1931–2024)

Photo by Emma Bee Bernstein.

This year's overwhelming procession of deaths within the poetry community continues with news that critic Marjorie Perloff passed away on March 24 at the age of 92.

Pataquerical Ballad, with Runa Bandyopadhyay

image by Susan Bee

Pataquerical Ballad by Runa Bandyopadhyay and Charles Bernstein. A two-volume set, one in English and one in Bengali. The English consists of Bandyopadhyay's performative commentary and set of inventive "fits" responding from and extending Bernstein's "The Pataquerical Imagination: Midrashic Antinomianism and the Promise of Bent Studies" in Pitch of Poetry, along with the original essay. The Bengali volume also includes Bandyopadhyay's essay  and a translation of the "The Pataquerical Imagination.

Richard Foreman at Segue / Artists Space

Richard Foreman read from an onoing new work as part of the Segue series at Artists Space in New York. The reading was recorded in his SoHo loft about a week before the event, Marh 16, 2024. Jay Sanders, Executive Director & Chief Curator of Artists Space, gave the intoduction: