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Attack of the Difficult Poems : Essays and Inventions

By: Bernstein, Charles.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2011Description: 1 online resource (293 p.).ISBN: 9780226044750.Subject(s): Poetry - Appreciation | Poetry -- Appreciation | Poetry - Explication | Poetry -- ExplicationGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Attack of the Difficult Poems : Essays and InventionsDDC classification: 808.1 LOC classification: PN1042PN1042 .B475 2011PN1042.B475 2011Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Contents ; I. Professing Poetics ; The Difficult Poem; A Blow Is Like an Instrument: The Poetic Imaginary and Curricular Practices; Against National Poetry Month as Such; Invention Follies; Creative Wreading & Aesthetic Judgment; Wreading, Writing, Wresponding; Anything Goes; Our Americas: New Worlds Still in Progress; The Practice of Poetics; II. The Art of Immemorability; Every Which Way but Loose; The Art of Immemorability; Making Audio Visible: Poetry's Coming Digital Presence; The Bound Listener; Hearing Voices; Objectivist Blues: Scoring Speech in Second Wave Modernist Poetry and Lyrics
III. The Fate of the AestheticMcGann Agonist; Poetry and/or the Sacred; The Art and Practice of the Ordinary; Electronic Pies in the Poetry Skies; Poetry Plastique: A Verbal Explosion in the Art Factory (with Jay Sanders); Speed the Movie or Speed the Brand Name or Aren't You the Kind That Tells; Breaking the Translation Curtain: The Homophonic Sublime; Fraud's Phantoms: A Brief Yet Unreliable Account of Fighting Fraud with Fraud; Fulcrum Interview; Radical Jewish Culture / Secular Jewish Practice; Poetry Scene Investigation: A Conversation with Marjorie Perloff
Is Art Criticism Fifty Years Behind Poetry?Poetry Bailout Will Restore Confidence of Readers; IV. Recantorium ; Recantorium (a bachelor machine, after Duchamp after Kaf ka)
Summary: Charles Bernstein is our postmodern jester of American poesy, equal part surveyor of democratic vistas and scholar of avant-garde sensibilities. In a career spanning thirty-five years and forty books, he has challenged and provoked us with writing that is decidedly unafraid of the tensions between ordinary and poetic language, and between everyday life and its adversaries. Attack of the Difficult Poems, his latest collection of essays, gathers some of his most memorably irreverent work while addressing seriously and comprehensively the state of contemporary humanities, the teaching of unconventional forms, fresh approaches to translation, the history of language media, and the connections between poetry and visual art. Applying an array of essayistic styles, Attack of the Difficult Poems ardently engages with the promise of its title. Bernstein introduces his key theme of the difficulty of poems and defends, often in comedic ways, not just difficult poetry but poetry itself. Bernstein never loses his ingenious ability to argue or his consummate attention to detail. Along the way, he offers a wide-ranging critique of literature's place in the academy, taking on the vexed role of innovation and approaching it from the perspective of both teacher and practitioner.  From blues artists to Tin Pan Alley song lyricists to Second Wave modernist poets, The Attack of the Difficult Poems sounds both a battle cry and a lament for the task of the language maker and the fate of invention. 
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Contents ; I. Professing Poetics ; The Difficult Poem; A Blow Is Like an Instrument: The Poetic Imaginary and Curricular Practices; Against National Poetry Month as Such; Invention Follies; Creative Wreading & Aesthetic Judgment; Wreading, Writing, Wresponding; Anything Goes; Our Americas: New Worlds Still in Progress; The Practice of Poetics; II. The Art of Immemorability; Every Which Way but Loose; The Art of Immemorability; Making Audio Visible: Poetry's Coming Digital Presence; The Bound Listener; Hearing Voices; Objectivist Blues: Scoring Speech in Second Wave Modernist Poetry and Lyrics

III. The Fate of the AestheticMcGann Agonist; Poetry and/or the Sacred; The Art and Practice of the Ordinary; Electronic Pies in the Poetry Skies; Poetry Plastique: A Verbal Explosion in the Art Factory (with Jay Sanders); Speed the Movie or Speed the Brand Name or Aren't You the Kind That Tells; Breaking the Translation Curtain: The Homophonic Sublime; Fraud's Phantoms: A Brief Yet Unreliable Account of Fighting Fraud with Fraud; Fulcrum Interview; Radical Jewish Culture / Secular Jewish Practice; Poetry Scene Investigation: A Conversation with Marjorie Perloff

Is Art Criticism Fifty Years Behind Poetry?Poetry Bailout Will Restore Confidence of Readers; IV. Recantorium ; Recantorium (a bachelor machine, after Duchamp after Kaf ka)

Charles Bernstein is our postmodern jester of American poesy, equal part surveyor of democratic vistas and scholar of avant-garde sensibilities. In a career spanning thirty-five years and forty books, he has challenged and provoked us with writing that is decidedly unafraid of the tensions between ordinary and poetic language, and between everyday life and its adversaries. Attack of the Difficult Poems, his latest collection of essays, gathers some of his most memorably irreverent work while addressing seriously and comprehensively the state of contemporary humanities, the teaching of unconventional forms, fresh approaches to translation, the history of language media, and the connections between poetry and visual art. Applying an array of essayistic styles, Attack of the Difficult Poems ardently engages with the promise of its title. Bernstein introduces his key theme of the difficulty of poems and defends, often in comedic ways, not just difficult poetry but poetry itself. Bernstein never loses his ingenious ability to argue or his consummate attention to detail. Along the way, he offers a wide-ranging critique of literature's place in the academy, taking on the vexed role of innovation and approaching it from the perspective of both teacher and practitioner.  From blues artists to Tin Pan Alley song lyricists to Second Wave modernist poets, The Attack of the Difficult Poems sounds both a battle cry and a lament for the task of the language maker and the fate of invention. 

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<p> Charles Bernstein is the Donald T. Regan Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as coeditor of both the Electronic Poetry Center and PennSound. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and recipient of Guggenheim and NEA grants. Among his many publications are three books also published by the University of Chicago Press: Girly Man, With Strings, and My Way: Speeches and Poems. </p>

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