Charles Bernstein: Attack of the Difficult Poems
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Poet Charles Bernstein’s latest collection of essays, Attack of the Difficult Poems, gathers some of his most memorable and irreverent work. It also laments the task of the language maker and seeks creativity’s source. In a career spanning 35 years and 40 books, Bernstein has provoked us with writing that straddles the tensions between ordinary and poetic language, and between everyday life and its adversaries. In 1995, Bernstein cofounded the Electronic Poetry Center, one of the earliest and most sophisticated models for digital poetry resources on the Web. He is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and cofounder and coeditor of PENNsound, an extensive archive of recorded poetry. This program will touch on poetry and technology, as well as feature Bernstein reading his work.
This program is presented in partnership with the Poetry Foundation and the University of Chicago Press.
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Charles Bernstein is a 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 is his latest collection of essays. Bernstein is Regan Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania.