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All the Whiskey in Heaven: Selected Poems

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A NEW RETROSPECTIVE OF ONE OF AMERICA'S MOST INNOVATIVE POETS

All the Whiskey in Heaven brings together Charles Bernstein's best work from the past thirty years, an astonishing assortment of different types of poems. Yet despite the distinctive differences from poem to poem, Bernstein's characteristic explorations of how language both limits and liberates thought are prese
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published March 2010)
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Rodney
Apr 02, 2011 Rodney rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Last spring Charles put himself on record
that he didn't like crafts. We soon
came to understand his feelings
when we worked with him. Charlie
is not strong in manual dexterity. (This
may be part of a mixed dominance
situation Mrs. B. and I discussed in
relation to tying shoes.) Fortunately,
what he lacks in developed skills
he makes up for in
patience, determination, and
knowledge of what he wants as
results.
Roshan
Oct 09, 2012 Roshan rated it it was amazing
I don't know enough about poetry to describe everything Bernstein is doing here, but I feel like he has a perfect grasp of acoustic space, of rhythm, of phonetic logic that is hard to describe and akin to that of a rap producer or a folk singer songwriter. When I read Bernstein's poetry, I feel like I am falling into his sound-state, surrounded on all sides by the acoustics he is creating. That he manages to be funny, wry, clever and create these cogent essayistic arguments about aesthetics and ...more
Josiah Miller
May 26, 2013 Josiah Miller rated it liked it
Extremely difficult poems that deserve to be read out loud to fully appreciate the rhythm and sound of the poems. The last 1/3rd of the book was scattered with some much weaker poems and lyrics but has one of the best lines in poetry. "war is surrealism without art." The language isn't the most beautiful and is littered with many abstract phrases that detract from the concrete but all in all there are some quite solid pieces.
Cooper Renner
Mostly not my cup of tea. I was hoping it would be. Some of the poems are simply no-sense, to me; not nonsense in any useful way, but rather made up or jumbled words, or non-syntactical "sentences". Others, especially in the later poems, are "sensible," but not especially clever--humor in a rather nerdy way, too "ivory tower" to be of much use.
Emily
Sep 15, 2011 Emily rated it it was ok
A wide variety of poems, in many different forms. The poems were a little too modern or my taste, but they are definitely worth looking at.
Larry
Sep 28, 2010 Larry rated it really liked it
Here's a link to my review at New Pages:

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Thanks Brian, now I know your work much better as well.
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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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