Charles Bernstein

Lev Rubinstein

photo by Charles Bernstein / PennSound

It was a delight to hear Moscow poet Lev Rubinstein read last night at Hunter College, with translations from the UDP collectionCompleat Catalogue of Comedic Novelties, which includes the complete set of his works composed (in sequence) on small library catalog cards. Matvei Yankelevich read the translations.

Sean Bonney (1969–2019) by William Rowe

photo: Sophie Robinson, November 2012

Sean Bonney, one of the finest UK poets of our time, died in Berlin on 13th November 2019. His work comprises seven major books and a series of pamphlets; it includes some of the most vital writing in the language today. He pushed at the limits of poetry, creating new forms in each single book. No other contemporary work destroys so thoroughly the universe of resurgent fascism.

University College Dublin: reading and conversation

My reading and conversation at University College Dublin on Dec. 2, 2019

Conversation with João Paulo Guimarães, introduced by Ian Davidson:  

Artifice of Absorption: EPC Digital Library

cover of 'Paper Air' edition by Susan Bee

Gil Ott published “Artifice of Absorption” as a special issue of Paper Air in 1987. A revised version of the work is included in A Poetics, published by Harvard University Press in 1992. A Poetics remains in print: order it here. This html edition, created around 2014, uses the text from A Poetics, although the notes are in a separate file in this html version, while they are formatted as footnotes in A Poetics. I prefer the format in A Poetics. 

HTML Edition of Artifice of Absorption

Allen Fisher on Close Listening

photo ©2019 Charles Bernstein

I recorded a Close Listening program with Allen Fisher on November 29, 2019, in London. We talked about the relation of decoherence and entanglement, both key terms for Fisher's collage aesthetic. Along the way, we addresses a constellation of topics, including source texts, pattern recognition, the political allegory of poetic space, performance,  and the relation of Fisher's painting to his poetry. 

(33:36): MP3