Charles Bernstein  

Charles Bernstein is the author of over thirty books of poetry and essays. He visited Indiana, PA and read in the OffPage series at the Commonplace Coffeehouse on Tuesday, 11 April 2006. The audio offered here comes from that performance.

Bernstein has given over 250 featured readings and over 200 lectures/talks over the past 30 years, throughout the world. Advocating and practicing the "sounding" of poetry, he has traveled to France, Finland, Denmark, Italy, Portugal, The Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Serbia, Spain, Canada, Cuba, Brazil, England, New Zealand, and the U.S. Currently Bernstein is Regan Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania; from 1990 to 2003, he was a Professor and Director of the SUNY Buffalo Poetics Program.

One of the founders of L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poetry, Bernstein is known for heterodox writing reflects the postmodern concern with the relation of words, meaning, and ideology, but it draws upon vaudeville as often as philosophy. His writing explores margins and borders, including those between writing and other art forms such as music, theater, sculpture, and painting. The everyday scenarios and speaking voices within Bernstein poems come across as both familiar and strange. Using disruptive humor, irony, and disjunction, Bernstein's writing often stimulates new perceptions of our experience and understanding of the world. What if words and letters come before ideas? What if the conveyor belt spews off readymade subject positions like cans of tuna? He shows writing can be intimate with high culture and also take pleasure in heckling it.

Bernstein at EPC | at PennSound

Audio featured here is also mirrored in the author pages of Pennsound, where Charles Bernstein is co-director.




Full Performance:

(1:01 mp3)

Select Mp3Cuts:

A'Zoot d'Puund

12 Tribes of Dr. Lacan

Le Pont Mirabeau

Full Performance Log (with links to individual Mp3s)

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