Actually, no, Doug, it's not Charles Bernstein, whom I have never heard
read, but whose essays and some of whose poems I have liked a lot.
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Subject: Re: & in Fantastic Providence
I assume it's Charles Bernstein, Max. Who has written some poems
recently that are very funny, especially a poem that declares its
transparency. Having heard him read a number of times, I would agree
that he could have played the borscht circuit, but he is also, in my
mind, obviously not others', a very interesting critic, & a poet
capable of a variety of tones & plays against the conventional grain.
The 'papers' he gives ate conferences tend to be deliberately
anti-academic, & (at least ofr an audience like me) tellingly comic.
On 7-Mar-05, at 1:32 PM, cooee wrote:
> on 7/3/05 12:52 AM, Richard Jeffrey Newman at
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>> like stand-up
>> comedy--and tired, shallow 1950s, Jewish, psychoanalytically
>> stand-up shtick at that--than poetry, and yet he reads well in that
>> vein and
>> people really like his work.
> No doubt several on this list know immediately who this poet is, and
> it is
> tantalising for me not to know. I suppose I'm so ill-read or so
> forgetful I
> don't deserve to know.
> Max Richards
> I've been enjoying all the messages on this subject.
> Coincidentally, my son is briefly here from Byron Bay NSW, bringing a
> compilation CD he made for my Christmas present but never got round to
> delivering. On it (from a 3CD album called I think The Beat Generation)
> I am now listening to bits of Kerouac, Burroughs (heroin relaxes the
> chords, says my son), Ginsberg, none of them great to listen to but
> historical curiosities now. And 27 seconds of Carl Sandburg 'On
> saying he was one round 1910...
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