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Bernstein, Charles 1950-

Works: 340 works in 667 publications in 2 languages and 15,844 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Literary criticism  Literature  Essays  Speeches  Drama  Sound poetry  Operas  Lectures 
Roles: Author, Editor, Librettist, Translator, Other, Author of introduction, Composer, Lyricist, Contributor, Honoree, Correspondent, Musician, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Publishing director
Classifications: PS3552.E7327, 811.54
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Most widely held works by Charles Bernstein
Close listening : poetry and the performed word by Charles Bernstein( )

19 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1,373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Taken together, these essays encourage new forms of "close listenings"--Not only to the printed text of poems but also to tapes, performances, and other expressions of the sounded and visualized word
Girly man by Charles Bernstein( )

15 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 1,309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A passionate defense of contingency, resistance, and multiplicity, Girly Man is a provocative and aesthetically challenging collection of radical verse from one of America's most controversial poets."--Jacket
Reading the difficulties : dialogues with contemporary American innovative poetry by Thomas Fink( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 993 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The bold essays that make up Reading the Difficulties offer case studies in and strategies for reading innovative poetry. Definitions of what constitutes innovative poetry are innumerable and are offered from every quarter. Some critics and poets argue that innovative poetry concerns free association (John Ashbery), others that experimental poetry is a "re-staging" of language (Bruce Andrews) or a syntactic and cognitive break with the past (Ron Silliman and Lyn Hejinian). The tenets of new poetry abound. But what of the new reading that such poetry demands? Essays in
BAX : best American experimental writing( )

7 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 616 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

BAX 2016: Best American Experimental Writing is the third volume of this annual literary anthology compiling the best experimental writing in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. This year's volume, guest-edited by Charles Bernstein and Tracie Morris, features seventy-five works by some of the most exciting American poets and writers today, including established authors--like Sina Queyras, Tan Lin, Christian Bök, Myung Mi Kim, Juliana Spahr, Samuel R. Delany, and even Barack Obama--as well as emerging voices. Intended to provoke lively conversation and debate, Best American Experimental Writing is an ideal literary anthology for contemporary classroom settings
All the whiskey in heaven : selected poems by Charles Bernstein( Book )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects a series of poems in varied forms in which the poet explores how language both limits and liberates thought
Selected poems by Louis Zukofsky( Book )

7 editions published between 1991 and 2006 in English and held by 425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With an ear tuned to the most delicate musical effects, an eye for exact and heterogeneous details, and a mind bent on experiment, Louis Zukofsky was preeminent among the radical Objectivist poets of the 1930s. This is the first collection to draw on the full range of Zukofsky's poetry--containing short lyrics, versions of Catullus, and generous selections from "A", his 24-part "poem of a life"--And provides a superb introduction to a modern master of whom the critic Guy Davenport has written: "Every living American poet worth a hoot has stood aghast before the steel of his integrity." The most formally radical poet to emerge among the second wave of American modernists, Louis Zukofsky continues to influence younger poets attracted to the rigor, inventiveness, and formal clarity of his work. Born on New York's Lower East Side in 1904 to emigrant parents, Zukofsky achieved early recognition when he edited an issue of Poetry devoted to the Objectivist poets, including George Oppen and Charles Reznikoff. In addition to an abundance of short lyrics and a sound-based version of the complete poems of Catullus, he worked for most of his adult life on the long poem "A" of which he said: "In a sense the poem is an autobiography: the words are my life." Zukofsky's work has been described as difficult although he himself said: "I try to be as simple as possible." In the words of editor Charles Bernstein, "This poetry leads with sound and you can never go wrong following the sound sense ... Zukofsky loved to create patterns, some of which are apparent and some of which operate subliminally ... Each word, like a stone dropped in a pond, creates a ripple around it. The intersecting ripples on the surface of the pond are the pattern of the poem." Here for the first time is a selection designed to introduce the full range of Zukofsky's extraordinary poetry."--Publisher's website
Contentʼs dream : essays 1975-1984 by Charles Bernstein( Book )

15 editions published between 1986 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Attack of the difficult poems : essays and inventions by Charles Bernstein( Book )

12 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charles Bernstein is our postmodern jester of American poesy, equal part surveyor of democratic vistas and scholar of avant-garde sensibilities. In a career spanning thirty-five years and forty books, he has challenged and provoked us with writing that is decidedly unafraid of the tensions between ordinary and poetic language, and between everyday life and its adversaries. Attack of the Difficult Poems, his latest collection of essays, gathers some of his most memorably irreverent work while addressing seriously and comprehensively the state of contemporary humanities, the teaching of unconven
Pitch of poetry by Charles Bernstein( Book )

7 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bernstein, a leading voice in American literary theory, writes an irreverent guide to modernist and contemporary poetics
Shadowtime by Brian Ferneyhough( )

14 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Décrit comme un opéra réfléchi, Shadowtime de Brian Ferneyhough met en scène le livret inventif et complexe de Charles Bernstein basé sur la vie, le travail et la mort imaginé du philosophe et critique culturel Walter Benjamin
The L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E book( Book )

8 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E started as a bimonthy magazine of infrmation and commentary, a forum for discussion and interchange. Throughout, we have emphasized a spectrum of writing that places its attention primarily on language and ways of making meaning, that takes for granted neither vocabulary, grammar, process, shape, syntax, program or subject matter. All of these remain an issue. Focussing on this range of poetic exploration, and on related aesthetic and political concerns, we have tried to open things up beyond correspondence and conversation: to break down some unnecessary encapsulation of writers (person to person, & scene from scene), and to develop more fully the latticework of those involved in aesthetically related activity. ..."--Repossessing the word, P. IX
Recalculating by Charles Bernstein( Book )

9 editions published between 2013 and 2018 in English and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Long anticipated, Recalculating is Charles Bernstein's first full-length collection of new poems in seven years. As a result of this lengthy time under construction, the scope, scale, and stylistic variation of the poems far surpasses Bernstein's previous work. Together, the poems of Recalculating take readers on a journey through the history and poetics of the decades since the end of the Cold War as seen through the lens of social and personal turbulence and tragedy. The collection's title, the now-familiar GPS expression, suggests a change in direction
The sound of poetry, the poetry of sound by Marjorie Perloff( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sound has been all but ignored in the current discourse about lyric forms. This collection of essays seeks to readdress the fundamental connections between poetry & sound - connections that go far beyond traditional metrical studies
Republics of reality : 1975-1995 by Charles Bernstein( Book )

7 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Politics of poetic form : poetry and public policy( Book )

11 editions published between 1990 and 2008 in English and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Politics of Peotic Form: Poetry and Public Space is a series of essays from a discussion that occurred at the New School for Social Research in New York. The discussion mines the relationship between poetic composition and political expression. Poetry's relationship to public policy typically has a questionable margin of relation. Not only does this volume posit that poetry is a dynamic medium for the consideration of political ideas, it focuses on the ideological weight specific formal innovations bring to poetry. Some of the writers include Jerome Rothenberg, Ron Silliman, Susan Howe, Nathaniel Mackey and Charles Bernstein"
With strings by Charles Bernstein( Book )

6 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The sophist by Charles Bernstein( Book )

11 editions published between 1987 and 2004 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Sophist" was first published by Sun & Moon Press in 1987 and has been unavailable for well over a decade. A pivotal book for Bernstein, "The Sophist" demonstrated his great range of subject matter, style, and genre. By contrasting wildly different approaches to poetry, Bernstein not only questions the intrinsic value of any given form but also provides a model for his later heterogeneous books, including "My Way" and "With Strings". If sophism is the opposite of both philosophy and the lyric, then "The Sophist" is model for a rhetorical poetry that interrogates truth in the name of reason
Dark city by Charles Bernstein( Book )

3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dark City, Charles Bernstein's twentieth book, is an at times comic, at times bleak, excursion into everyday life in the late 20th century. In Dark City, Bernstein moves through a startling range of languages and forms, from computer lingo to the cant of TV talk shows, from high-poetic diction to junk mail, from intimate address to philosophical imperatives, from would-be proverbs to nursery rhymes and songs
Islets/irritations by Charles Bernstein( Book )

4 editions published between 1983 and 1992 in English and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inscription: "19 January 1983 For Barbara-- In the Venetian Utopia ... "zooms in the speed of"--Signed by the Author. Donated by Barbara Einzig
Near/miss by Charles Bernstein( Book )

5 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This collection’s title highlights poetry’s ability to graze reality without killing it, and at the same time implies that the poems themselves are wounded by the grief of loss. The book opens with a rollicking satire of difficult poetry—proudly declaring itself “a totally inaccessible poem”—and moves on to the stuff of contrarian pop culture and political cynicism—full of malaprops, mondegreens, nonsequiturs, translations of translations, sardonically vandalized signs, and a hilarious yet sinister feed of blog comments. At the same time, political protest also rubs up against epic collage, through poems exploring the unexpected intimacies and continuities of “our united fates.” These poems engage with works by contemporary painters—including Amy Sillman, Rackstraw Downes, and Etel Adnan—and echo translations of poets ranging from Catullus and Virgil to Goethe, Cruz e Souza, and Kandinsky."-- From Amazon
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Close listening : poetry and the performed word
Girly manAll the whiskey in heaven : selected poemsSelected poemsContentʼs dream : essays 1975-1984Attack of the difficult poems : essays and inventionsThe L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E bookThe sound of poetry, the poetry of soundRepublics of reality : 1975-1995
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Bernstein, Charles 1950-...

Carolus Bernstein

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Elektric, Karl 1950-

Чарльз Бернштейн

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تشارلز بيرنستاين كاتب أمريكي

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