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Charles Stein

Charles Stein is a poet, artist, and classicist. He holds a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Connecticut at Storrs. He taught for many years in the MFA Art Writing program at the School of Visual Arts, New York. His work can be explored at


fantastic tangle of minatory tubes / subject to pressures of mind— / tensions and distensions of a world release / radical interrupts in chaos itself

In Conversation

PHILIP TAAFFE with Charles Stein

Since the 1980s Phillip Taaffe has been forging a distinct visual language of density and delight, mining the history of forms to create layered, optically charged paintings.

What is Art?

The act of art is an act of value bestowal—one allows a value to emerge (who knows its sources, its provenance?) for delectation or abhorrence or indifference—the hazard of that.

Gregory Corso’s The Golden Dot: Last Poems, 1997–2000

Gregory Corso died more than twenty years ago, but his meticulously composed final poems are presented here for the first time, thanks to the tireless efforts of Raymond Foye and George Scrivani in retrieving its manuscript and preparing it for publication.


The Brooklyn Rail

JUNE 2023

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