At once the most paradoxically controversial and popular, accessible and most difficult of the L A N G U A G E poets, Bernstein is also the writer of that group who strove early on to experiment with the extremes of its newly minted methods Whether highlighting the synaesthesis of the word in its isolation or in the plain phrase as it operates in daily life to convey our most banal thoughts, this collection of long out of print chapbooks none of these poems have appeared in ally of Bernstein s many breakthrough volumes, such as Islets Irritations 1983 or Dark City 1994 provides a unique overview of his career, and adds to the range of his impressive canon of major and minor works The first poem from the 1976 volume Parsing titled Sentences , will surprise anyone expecting text over speech, as it is practically a litany of anxieties, attitudes and stuttering intensities This attention to spoken language makes such dense works as Poem from 1978 s Shade both welcoming and discomforting, expressionistically cinematic but not without its moments of eye wink satiric narrative In the short poems collected in The Absent Father in Dumbo and Residual Rubbernecking, Bernstein takes the project far from the austere fragments of the early works and deep into a purposely purple and unbeautiful lyricism Such mortal slurp to strain this sprawl went droopy Gadzooks it seems would bend these slopes in girth None trailing failed to hear the ship looks loopey Who s seen it nailed uptight right at its berth Bernstein always manages to find the furthest reaches of any norms of good taste be it mainstream or avant garde , creating a poetics that reveals the social codes hidingbehind all of poetry s tropes and forms Though many of the later poems here seem unfocused and minor compared to the fabulous and ambitious early chapbooks, the volume as a whole presents as many promises as it does relevant problems, as many beauties as it does strange new imaginings. Best Read [ Republics of Reality: 1975-1995 ] Author [ Charles Bernstein ] – heartforum.co.uk
Charles Bernstein is an American poet, theorist, editor, and literary scholar Bernstein holds the Donald T Regan Chair in the Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania He is one of the most prominent members of the Language poets or L A N G U A G E poets In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences In 2005, Bernstein was awarded the Dean s Award for Innovation in Teaching at the University of Pennsylvania He has also been a visiting professor at Columbia University, Brown University, and Princeton University Bernstein s highly anticipated new work, All the Whisky in Heaven, will be published in Spring 2010 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Also to be released in the upcoming year is a Companion to Charles Bernstein, which will be published by Salt Publishing, the winner of the prestigious 2008 Nielsen Innovation of the Year award.
- 260 pages
- Republics of Reality: 1975-1995
- Charles Bernstein
- 15 March 2017 Charles Bernstein