Phone-A-Poem Online presents highlights from an installation that celebrates the popular Cambridge-based poetry hotline, Phone-A-Poem (1976-2001). Founded by Peter Payack (and later edited by Roland Pease), Phone-A-Poem invited hundreds of poets—including Allen Ginsberg, Jane Kenyon and James Tate—to create answering-machine length recordings of individual poems which the public could access by dialing the hotline. In honor of the series, the Poetry Room has digitized select recordings from the archive and commissioned several new answering-machine poems (of 90-seconds or less) by such poets as Dan Beachy-Quick, Charles Bernstein, C.A. Conrad, Jon Cotner, Forrest Gander, Gabriel Gudding, Dorothea Lasky, Paul Legault, Filip Marinovich and Anne Waldman.
from The Brooklyn Rail
Join legendary poets and artists Etel Adnan and Charles Bernstein for a broadcast conversation that was also included as a feature conversation in the Rail’s February 2021 issue.
Read the interview: https://brooklynrail.org/2021/02/art/ETEL-ADNAN-with-Charles-Bernstein
Poet, essayist, and painter Etel Adnan was born on February 24, 1925, in Beirut, Lebanon. She studied philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, as well as at the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard University. She has written more than a dozen books of poetry, fiction, and essays, including Time (Nightboat Books, 2019), translated by Sarah Riggs and winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize, Surge (Nightboat Books, 2018), and Night (Nightboat Books, 2016). Her poetry collection Sea and Fog (Nightboat, 2012) won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry and the California Book Award. She is also the recipient of a PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Award and in 2014 was named a member of the Ordre de Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, one of France’s highest cultural honors.
Charles Bernstein is a poet and a scholar. He is a foundational member and leading practitioner of Language poetry. Between 1978-1981, with fellow poet Bruce Andrews, he published L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E magazine, which became a forum for writing that blurred, confused, and denied the boundary between poetry and critical writing about poetry. Since the 1970s Bernstein has published dozens of books, including poetry and essay collections, pamphlets, translations, collaborations, and libretti. His poetry has been widely anthologized and translated, and it has appeared in over 500 magazines and periodicals. His most recent book is Near/Miss, from the University of Chicago Press.
Charles Bernstein: The Poetry of Idiomatic Insistences, edited by Paul Bové, from boundary 2 / Duke University Press (308pp, $12) Ordering information and TOC: http://jacket2.org/commentary/bernstein-b2
This issue includes Bernstein’s most informative and significant international interviews, many published here in English for the first time. Through prefaces and essays responding to translations of his work, including translations appearing for the first time in this issue, contributors place Bernstein’s work in both global and local contexts. Includes an extended review of Topsy-Turvy.
Contributors: Luigi Ballerini, Runa Bandyopadhyay, Charles Bernstein, Paul A. Bové, Dennis Büscher-Ulbrich, Natalia Fedorova, Feng Yi, Jean-Marie Gleize, Susan Howe, Yunte Huang, Pierre Joris, Abigail Lang, Leevi Lehto, Marjorie Perloff, Ian Probstein, Ariel Resnikoff, Brian Stefans, Enrique Winter
(On-line with library access to b2 in early Nov.)
A digital edition (pdf) of Content’s Dream: Essays 1975-1984, by Charles Bernstein, has just been made available by Douglas Messerli, working with Pablo Capra, for Green Integer. Sun & Moon Press published this near 500-page collection thirty-five years ago (in 1986). Northwestern republished it, but that edition is out of print. The book is on line as a pdf, for a nominal charge, which will help support this great independent press. Get it at —>
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The Matrix (1970)
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From University of Chicago Press at the end of April
176pp, paper & ebook (audiobook info soon)
In his most expansive and unruly collection to date, the acclaimed poet Charles Bernstein gathers poems, both tiny and grand, that speak to a world turned upside down. Our time of “covidity,” as Bernstein calls it in one of the book’s most poignantly disarming works, is characterized in equal measure by the turbulence of both the body politic and the individual. Likewise, in Topsy-Turvy, novel and traditional forms jostle against one another: horoscopes, shanties, and elegies rub up against gags, pastorals, and feints; translations, songs, screenplays, and slapstick tangle deftly with commentaries, conundrums, psalms, and prayers.
Though Bernstein’s poems play with form, they incorporate a melancholy, even tragic, sensibility. This “cognitive dissidence,” as Bernstein calls it, is reflected in … [click here to read]
Edition S Press, founded 1969 by Angela Koehler, Nikolaus Einhorn and Axel Knipschild in Hattingen near Bochum (West-Germany), was a privately funded small-press venture connected to a non-profit gallery. Angela Koehler’s brother Michael joined in 1972 and took over in 1980, running the label until his death in 2005.
The basic principle was to publish an international selection of works on audio-cassette and (many titles) reel-to-reel tape, produced in close cooperation with the authors.
Almost every work is spoken by the author, unless otherwise intended (works for multiple voices or if author is deceased).
Circulation varied with a maximum total run of around 300 copies in case of ‘classics’ (Raoul Hausmann, Otto Nebel) or ‘stars’ (Patti Smith, John Cage); this may not include later editions / re-issues.
The S Press catalog contains inconsistencies concerning alternative titles (e.g. Fast Speaking Woman by Anne Waldman contains the same material as Non-Stop); catalog-numbers (e.g. Michael Brownstein Brainstorms appears as #66 and #70); multiple catalog-numbers for one release (e.g. S Press Tape #27-28-29 John Cage Talking to Hans G Helms On Music and Politics); and alternative cover-artworks of re-issues. Some announced releases have never been published (e.g. Velimir Khlebnikov, Albrecht/d., August Stramm, William Burroughs, René Bastian, Reinhold Koehler, Rolf-Dieter Brinkmann, Bobbie Louise Hawkins). Even after in-depth research of the S Press papers (Archives of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin) and meetings with two of the original founders, Angela Koehler and Nikolaus Einhorn, these inconsistencies could only be solved to a certain extent.
If you are in possession of releases by S Press that are not listed here, or have any suggestions please get in touch with PennSound.
An extended introduction written by Marc Matter is available in PDF form: PDF
“¢ Δ( ´TÉNÃ0½#ñ‘¯(qË!´–#T¢|€kORƒ7Ùîö÷LÒ6*” [Un dimanche après-midi à l’Ile de la Grande Jatte]” was written in 1996 and was first published that year by Arras. It is written in an ecstatic language that offers unmediated contact with the singleness of pure truth. While this poem will not unlock its secrets to doubters, for those elect whose steadfastness in the face of prevarication and disorientation have earned them the title Ideal Reader, “¢ Δ( ´TÉNÃ0½#ñ‘¯(qË!´–#T¢|€kORƒ7Ùîö÷LÒ6*” provides a guide for everyday life. This poem answers the call for a popular poetry that can galvanize the engagement of ordinary people. Because “¢ Δ( ´TÉNÃ0½#ñ‘¯(qË!´–#T¢|€kORƒ7Ùîö÷LÒ6*” represents a return to the oral poetry of the ancient bard , it is recommended that the three audio realizations of the poem be consulted HERE:
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