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Title:
Republics of reality : 1975-1995
Author:
Bernstein, Charles, 1950-
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Los Angeles : Sun & Moon Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
361 pages ; 19 cm.
General Note:
Poems.

"Reprints eight previously published books ... The ninth section, Residual rubbernecking, appears here for the first time in book form"--T.p. verso.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781557133045
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

At once the most paradoxically controversial and popular, accessible and most difficult of the L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poets, Bernstein is also the writer of that group who strove early on to experiment with the extremes of its newly minted methods. Whether highlighting the synaesthesis of the word in its isolation or in the plain phrase as it operates in daily life to convey our most banal thoughts, this collection of long out-of-print chapbooks -- none of these poems have appeared in ally of Bernstein's many breakthrough volumes, such as Islets/Irritations (1983) or Dark City (1994) -- provides a unique overview of his career, and adds to the range of his impressive canon of major and minor works. The first poem from the 1976 volume Parsing titled "Sentences", will surprise anyone expecting text-over-speech, as it is practically a litany of anxieties, attitudes and stuttering intensities. This attention to spoken language makes such dense works as "Poem" (from 1978's Shade) both welcoming and discomforting, expressionistically cinematic but not without its moments of eye-wink satiric narrative. In the short poems collected in The Absent Father in "Dumbo" and Residual Rubbernecking, Bernstein takes the project far from the austere fragments of the early works and deep into a purposely "purple" and unbeautiful lyricism: "Such mortal slurp to strain this sprawl went droopy/Gadzooks it seems would bend these slopes in girth/None trailing failed to hear the ship looks loopey/Who's seen it nailed uptight right at its berth". Bernstein always manages to find the furthest reaches of any norms of "good taste" (be it mainstream or avant-garde), creating a poetics that reveals the social codes hidingbehind all of poetry's tropes and forms. Though many of the later poems here seem unfocused and minor compared to the fabulous and ambitious early chapbooks, the volume as a whole presents as many promises as it does relevant


Author Notes

Charles Bernstein is the David Gray Professor of Poetry and Letters at the State University of New York, Buffalo.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

At once the most paradoxically controversial and popular, accessible and most difficult of the L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poets, Bernstein is also the writer of that group who strove early on to experiment with the extremes of its newly minted methods. Whether highlighting the synaesthesis of the word in its isolation or in the plain phrase as it operates in daily life to convey our most banal thoughts, this collection of long out-of-print chapbooks--none of these poems have appeared in any of Bernstein's many breakthrough volumes, such as Islets/Irritations (1983) or Dark City (1994)--provides a unique overview of his career, and adds to the range of his impressive canon of major and minor works. The first poem from the 1976 volume Parsing titled "Sentences," will surprise anyone expecting text-over-speech, as it is practically a litany of anxieties, attitudes and stuttering intensities. This attention to spoken language makes such dense works as "Poem" (from 1978's Shade) both welcoming and discomforting, expressionistically cinematic but not without its moments of eye-wink satiric narrative. In the short poems collected in The Absent Father in "Dumbo"and Residual Rubbernecking, Bernstein takes the project far from the austere fragments of the early works and deep into a purposely "purple" and unbeautiful lyricism: "Such mortal slurp to strain this sprawl went droopy/ Gadzooks it seems would bend these slopes in girth/ None trailing failed to hear the ship looks loopey/ Who's seen it nailed uptight right at its berth." Bernstein always manages to find the furthest reaches of any norms of "good taste" (be it mainstream or avant-garde), creating a poetics that reveals the social codes hiding behind all of poetry's tropes and forms. Though many of the later poems here seem unfocused and minor compared to the fabulous and ambitious early chapbooks, the volume as a whole presents as many promises as it does relevant problems, as many beauties as it does strange new imaginings. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Table of Contents

Parsing (1976)p. 11
I Sentencesp. 13
II Parsingp. 33
Space and Poetryp. 59
Roselandp. 62
Shade (1978)p. 69
Poemp. 71
Ballet Russep. 75
"Of course ..."p. 77
St. McC.p. 83
For--p. 87
"It's up up"p. 108
#23p. 109
The Bean Fieldp. 111
"is like a"p. 115
Kiff-Kiffp. 117
"Take then, these ..."p. 119
Soul Underp. 120
"of a sort"p. 126
Nudgep. 128
Dodgemp. 133
Long Trails of Cars Returning from the Beachp. 136
Poefic Justice (1979)p. 143
Palukavillep. 145
Lo Disfrutop. 148
"Likening then ..."p. 153
eLecTrIcp. 154
Azoot D'Puundp. 161
"The elephant appears ..."p. 163
"Out of This Inside"p. 165
Hotel Empirep. 170
Lift Offp. 174
Appropriationp. 176
Faculty Politicsp. 177
The Taste Is What Countsp. 179
Senses of Responsibility (1979)p. 187
As If the Trees by Their Very Roots Had Hold of Usp. 189
Loose Shoesp. 191
Resistancep. 196
Umbrep. 200
To Which I Never Wantedp. 203
Senses of Responsibilityp. 206
The Occurrence of Tune (1981)p. 211
Stigma (1981)p. 233
Marchp. 235
Some Nightsp. 236
Septemberp. 238
Mayp. 240
Stove's Outp. 242
Typep. 243
Aprilp. 246
New Year'sp. 248
Decemberp. 249
Bought Offp. 251
Stigmap. 252
Resistance (1983)p. 253
Considerationp. 255
But Boxes Both Boats, Growing Tireder as the Day Amassesp. 257
Dunveganp. 258
Playing with a Full Deckp. 259
Fever of Casep. 261
The Sheds of Our Websp. 262
If There Were a God She Wouldn't Expect Us to Believe in Herp. 263
Mistyp. 266
Forefrightp. 267
Bulgep. 268
The Land and Its Peoplep. 270
Tensep. 273
Stunmentp. 274
Air Shaftp. 276
Youp. 277
Forensic Gastronomyp. 278
Ambient Detonationp. 281
Idiopathic Pathogenesisp. 283
The Absent Father in "Dumbo" (1990)p. 285
I'll Call When I Get Therep. 287
Cumulative Erasurep. 288
Internal Loss Controlp. 289
Plausibly Deniable Linkp. 290
Prehensible Privilegep. 291
Catabolismp. 293
The Critic's Chairp. 295
Soapy Waterp. 296
Stumpsp. 298
Hard Feelingsp. 299
Reperfusionp. 300
Damage Controlp. 302
The Vanishing of Aporiap. 304
Beginning with Lines Torn from Irbyp. 305
External Market Constraintsp. 306
Autonomy Is Jeopardyp. 307
Emmap. 308
At the Readingp. 309
Broadwayp. 310
Railroad Streetp. 311
The Absent Father in Dumbop. 313
At the Reading (2)p. 314
Lobbyp. 315
Trillp. 316
Shellp. 317
Butcher Boysp. 319
Augustp. 321
The Ecology of Freonp. 322
Residual Rubbernecking (1995)p. 323
Mao Tse Tung Wore Khakisp. 325
[Untitled]p. 326
Fugitive Desperationp. 327
Liftjar Agatep. 328
No Tieing Upp. 329
Poemp. 330
"Nickey, Turn Off the Lights"p. 331
Buffalo Nightsp. 332
Power Walkingp. 333
After Campionp. 335
All the Tea in Chinap. 336
Almost Therep. 337
Not Bad Once You're Inp. 338
Wading for Whatp. 339
At the Reading (3)p. 340
Techniques of the Observedp. 342
Mall at Nightp. 343
Under the Pink Tentp. 344
"Get Real"p. 345
Palinodep. 346
Social Porkp. 347
Sunset Sailp. 348
Swelled by Certaintyp. 349
The Iron Ring and the Ecstasyp. 350
Custom Blindsp. 351
Revolutionary Poemp. 352
Pinky Swearp. 353
Are You Being Sarcastic?p. 354
The Ache of the Archivistp. 355
Residual Rubberneckingp. 356
The Dog Is Deadp. 357
Hard Copyp. 358
Have Pen, Will Travelp. 359
Rivulets of the Dead Jewp. 360
Edlinp. 361

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