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A pivotal book for Bernstein, The Sophist demonstrated his great range of subject matter, style, and genre. By contrasting wildly different approaches to poetry, Bernstein not only questions the intrinsic value of any given form but also provides a model for his later heterogeneous books, including My Way and With Strings.
Paperback, 200 pages
Published August 15th 2004 by Salt Publishing
(first published 1986)
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A range of poetic pieces, from a poem made up for three-line stanzas compiled from Word Frequencies in Spoken American English by Hartvig Dahl ("I and The", pg. 59), to a play that takes as its characters Liubov Popova, Jenny Lind, and John Milton ("Entitlement", pg. 19). And everything in-between...
For still she prospects, yet mopes and sprawls
A crystalline confusion to confer these Stalls,
Which I not willing, stored
What could I, a piece of chalk, but scribble
In determined fright, or sta
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 ...moreMore about Charles Bernstein...