Charles Bernstein

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Edward R. Burns (1944-2023)

Edward M. Burns died on Nov. 3, according to a family obituary published in the New York Times. He was the editor of Picasso: The Complete WritingsStaying on Alone: Letters of Alice B. ToklasThe Letters of Gertrude Stein and Carl Van VechtenThe Letters of Gertrude Stein and Thornton WilderA Tour of the Darkling Plain: The Finnegans Wake Letters of Thornton Wilder and Adaline Glasheen,  A Passion for Joyce: The Letters of Hugh Kenner and Adaline Glasheen, and, most recenlty, Questioning Minds: The Letters of Guy Davenport and Hugh Kenner. He served as an editor of Text and its successor journal Textual Cultures and was Professor Emeritus at William Paterson University of New Jersey. He lived in the East Village, Manhattan.

Burns taught English at the Charles Evans Hughes High School of the Humanities (now called the Bayard Rustin High School of the Humanities), from the time it was founded, in 1983 till perhaps the late 1980s. He told Amy Feinstein, in an email: "I taught in a Junior HS in Canarsie and then in a High School in Manhattan.  It was while teaching in HS that I went at night to the Graduate Center of CUNY to earn a doctorate. . . . I had published two books, GS on Picasso and Staying on Alone while teaching in HS.  The Stein-Van Vechten letters were my doctoral dissertation."

Ian Probstein's Mandelstam translations: videos

from Centuries Encircle Me with Fire: Selected Poems of Osip Mandelstam. (Academic Studies Press, 2022)

"Stalin's Epigram" (November 1933) read in the original Russian by Ian Probstein, 2014. See notes on and translations of this poem by Probstein and others at Jacket2."Stalin's Epigram" (1:04): MP3

Poetry Has No Future Unless It Comes to an End: Poems of Artificial Intelligence

A.I. Generated by Charles Bernstein & Davide Balula

Poetry Has No Future Unless It Comes to an End: Poems of Artificial Intelligenceby Davide Balula and Charles Bernstein was created between 2020 and 2022 from a dataset of Bernstein's writing. The process and background are detailed in the book, which is published by Nero Editions in Italy.  Balula created a synthetic voice based on recordings of Bernstein.

'T'-Space reading

On October 14, 2023, I received the 11th Annual 'T' Space Poetry Award at ‘T’ Space Reserve in Rhinebeck, NY. The event coincided with the opening of Giuliano Fiorenzoli’s exhibition “Because of seeing architecture” at ‘T’ Space’s newly completed Archive Gallery. As a result, I gave an architecture-themed reading. In addition to brief talks by Steven Holl and Fiorenzoli prior to my reading and award presentation, Nate Wooley performed an improvised set of inventive trumpet music afterwards.