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A Poetics

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This collection is considered to be more than a work of criticism by the poet Charles Bernstein, it is a poetic intervention into criticism. Artifice of Absorption, a key essay, is written in verse, and its structures and rhythms initiate the reader into the strength and complexity of the argument.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 1st 1992 by Harvard University Press
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There are about three essays in here I wish I had read before I even thought about reviewing books for Phoebe. "State of the Art" thinks about the "Balkanization" of poetry, the necessarily decentered, marginal role of poetry, the utility of voices that refuse the universal. Makes a case for thinking just as hard about the context of the book before passing judgment on the content. Similarly, "Optimism and Critical Excess" makes a case for the importance of the claims a poet/poetry makes for its ...more
A little dated. Good thoughts and still some interesting thought on modern poetry, but the essays are starting to feel out-dated and remnants of the culture wars from the early 1990s.
David Hirt
It felt like he was trying to call his writing poetry because it was lineated. Some good ideas, though.
Sherry Chandler
I kept reading, thinking eventually I'd understand, but I never did.
Christina Marie
Jul 12, 2008 Christina Marie rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Incredible collection of poetic manifestoes!
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Charles Bernstein is an American poet, theorist, editor, and literary scholar. Bernstein holds the Donald T. Regan Chair in the Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania. He is one of the most prominent members of the Language poets (or L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poets). In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2005, Bernstein was awarded the Dean's Award ...more
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