Republics of Reality: 1975-1995

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557133045
  • Publisher: Green Integer Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/1996
  • Series: Sun & Moon Classics Series
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

I. Sentences 13
II. Parsing 33
Space and Poetry 59
Roseland 62
Poem 71
Ballet Russe 75
"Of course ..." 77
St. McC 83
For - 87
"It's up up" 108
#23 109
The Bean Field 111
"is like a" 115
Kiff-Kiff 117
"Take then, these ..." 119
Soul Under 120
"of a sort" 126
Nudge 128
Dodgem 133
Long Trails of Cars Returning from the Beach 136
Palukaville 145
Lo Disfruto 148
"Likening then ..." 153
eLecTrIc 154
Azoot D'Puund 161
"The elephant appears ..." 163
"Our of This Inside" 165
Hotel Empire 170
Lift Off 174
Appropriation 176
Faculty Politics 177
The Taste Is What Counts 179
As If the Trees by Their Very Roots Had Hold of Us 189
Loose Shoes 191
Resistance 196
Umbre 200
To Which I Never Wanted 203
Senses of Responsibility 206
March 235
Some Nights 236
September 238
May 240
Stove's Out 242
Type 243
April 246
New Year's 248
December 249
Bought Off 251
Stigma 252
Consideration 255
But Boxes Both Boats, Growing Tireder as the Day Amasses 257
Dunvegan 258
Playing with a Full Deck 259
Fever of Case 261
The Sheds of Our Webs 262
If There Were a God She Wouldn't Expect Us to Believe in Her 263
Misty 266
Forefright 267
Bulge 268
The Land and Its People 270
Tense 273
Stunment 274
Air Shaft 276
You 277
Forensic Gastronomy 278
Ambient Detonation 281
Idiopathic Pathogenesis 283
I'll Call When I Get There 287
Cumulative Erasure 288
Internal Loss Control 289
Plausibly Deniable Link 290
Prehensible Privilege 291
Catabolism 293
The Critic's Chair 295
Soapy Water 296
Stumps 298
Hard Feelings 299
Reperfusion 300
Damage Control 302
The Vanishing of Aporia 304
Beginning with Lines Torn from Irby 305
External Market Constraints 306
Autonomy Is Jeopardy 307
Emma 308
At the Reading 309
Broadway 310
Railroad Street 311
The Absent Father in Dumbo 313
At the Reading (2) 314
Lobby 315
Trill 316
Shell 317
Butcher Boys 319
August 321
The Ecology of Freon 322
Mao Tse Tung Wore Khakis 325
[Untitled] 326
Fugitive Desperation 327
Liftjar Agate 328
No Tieing Up 329
Poem 330
"Nickey, Turn Off the Lights" 331
Buffalo Nights 332
Power Walking 333
After Campion 335
All the Tea in China 336
Almost There 337
Not Bad Once You're In 338
Wading for What 339
At the Reading (3) 340
Techniques of the Observed 342
Mall at Night 343
Under the Pink Tent 344
"Get Real" 345
Palinode 346
Social Pork 347
Sunset Sail 348
Swelled by Certainty 349
The Iron Ring and the Ecstasy 350
Custom Blinds 351
Revolutionary Poem 352
Pinky Swear 353
Are You Being Sarcastic? 354
The Ache of the Archivist 355
Residual Rubbernecking 356
The Dog Is Dead 357
Hard Copy 358
Have Pen, Will Travel 359
Rivulets of the Dead Jew 360
Edlin 361
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    '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 has appeared in any of Bernstein's many break- through volumes, such as ISLETS/IRRITATIONS (1993) 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, ex- pressionistically 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 the poetry's tropes and forms. Though many of the latter 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.' -- Publishers Weekly, 3/27/00

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