Charles Bernstein’s most recent books are Pitch of Poetry (2016) and Recalculating (2013), both from the University of Chicago Press. He is the co-editor, with Tracie Morris, of The Best American Experimental Writing 2016 (Wesleyan University Press, 2017). He teaches at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is co-director of PennSound.
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Illustrations by Drea Cofield.
Bob Dylan and his Chronicles came to mind this past season at two unexpected placesthe retrospective of the sculptor Eva Hesse at the Jewish Museum and Richard Foremans most recent show, Zomboid!
Charles Bernstein is the author of Attack of the Difficult Poems: Essays and Inventions (University of Chicago Press, 2011); All the Whiskey in Heaven: Selected Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010); Blind Witness: Three American Operas (Factory School, 2008); and Girly Man (Chicago Press, 2006).
The Weather Undergounds 1974 Prairie Fire: The Politics of Revolutionary Anti-Imperialism was a poetic manifesto on community and justice. Although self-conscious and moralistic, a recently-reissued collection of the groups poetry is a sweet alternative to US coup hounds.
George Kuchar (19422011) was one of the most creative, original, and influential filmmakers of our time, straddling two generations of North American iconoclasts, from Stan Brakhage, Ken Jacobs, Rudy Burckhardt, Kenneth Anger, and Michael Snow to Warren Sonbert, Ernie Gehr, Abigail Child, and Henry Hills.
Home team suffers string of losses. - Time to change loyalties…
Creeley, who was born in 1926, was active right up to his last weeks, both writing poems and giving readings.
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Kharms’s obliquely allegorical dark comedies are at once mystical and mythic, Daoist and Dadaist, daring and deranging, surrealist and satiric, metaphysical and metafictional.
Jerome Rothenberg was born in America in 1931. That year, 1931, also marks the beginning of the poet’s parallel, imaginative, investment in the Central European world of his parents, a world that had ceased to exist by the time Rothenberg had moved from babe to boy.
The Poems of Charles Reznikoff is necessary reading for anyone interested in 20th-century American poetry. Reznikoffs astonishingly engaging and quietly powerful work has been steadily gaining a passionate following.
While Greg Amess novel, Buffalo Lockjaw, contains all the elements of a classic Buffalo storysnow, sports, drinking, despairAmes has created a narrator, James Fitzroy, who rises above caricature.
The truth is hidden in a veil of tears/The scabs of the mourners grow thick with fear…