Charles Bernstein is a poet. Charles Bernstein’s most recent contribution to the Rail was an interview with Etel Adnan (February 2021). His most recent book is Topsy-Turvy from the University of Chicago Press.
Reviews of relatively recent works of poetry and poetics, mostly by poets.edited by Charles Bernstein
Illustrations by Drea Cofield.
ETEL ADNAN with Charles Bernstein
Distinguished poet Charles Bernstein speaks with Etel Adnan about her poetry, the creation of language, and the thickness imparted upon oneself by time.
Daniil Kharms, Russian Absurd: Selected WritingsBy Charles Bernstein
Kharms’s obliquely allegorical dark comedies are at once mystical and mythic, Daoist and Dadaist, daring and deranging, surrealist and satiric, metaphysical and metafictional.
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Charles Bernstein is a poet. Charles Bernsteins most recent contribution to the Rail was an interview with Etel Adnan (February 2021). His most recent book is Topsy-Turvy from the University of Chicago Press.
Knockin on Heavens Door: Bob Dylan and the Adolescent SublimeBy Charles Bernstein
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!
CatastropheBy Charles Bernstein
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.
CHARLES BERNSTEIN with Adam Fitzgerald
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).
Brooklyn Boy Makes Good: Charles Reznikoff, the Poet of New YorkBy Charles Bernstein
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.
Poetry: The Weatherwomens TerrorBy Charles Bernstein
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.
TOKENSBy Charles Bernstein, Caroline Seklir, Paul Charles Griffin, Raina Lipsitz, and Cole Larsen
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.
George Kuchars Otherworldly HumanityBy Charles Bernstein and Susan Bee
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.
The Ballad of the Girly ManBy Charles Bernstein
For Felix The truth is hidden in a veil of tears/The scabs of the mourners grow thick with fear…
Hero of the Local: Robert Creeley and the Persistence of American PoetryBy Charles Bernstein
Creeley, who was born in 1926, was active right up to his last weeks, both writing poems and giving readings.
A Tribute to Steve Dalachinsky
Steve was a force of Nature, driven by compassion & curiosity. He was opened to everything & everyone. He was naked inside & outside with no boundary between.