Charles Bernstein

American writer

Charles Bernstein (born April 4, 1950) is an American poet, theorist, editor, and literary scholar. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is one of the most prominent members of the Language poets.



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    swift swept
    ly and lie and lane
    • "disfrutes" (1974), first published in 1981 by Potes & Poets Press
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    • "disfrutes" (1974)
  • The combination of low culture and high technology is one of the most fascinating social features of the video game phenomenon. Computers were invented as super drones to do tasks no human in her or his right mind (much less left brain) would have the patience, or the perseverance, to manage. [...] Now our robot drones, the ones designed to take all the boring jobs, become the instrument for libidinal extravaganzas devoid of any socially productive component. Video games are computers neutered of purpose, liberated from functionality. The idea is intoxicating; like playing with the help on their night off.
  • As part of the spring ritual of National Poetry Month, poets are symbolically dragged into the public square in order to be humiliated with the claim that their product has not achieved sufficient market penetration and must be revived by the Artificial Resuscitation Foundation (ARF) lest the art form collapse from its own incompetence, irrelevance, and as a result of the general disinterest among the broad masses of the American People. The motto of ARF's National Poetry Month is: "Poetry's not so bad, really."
  • Poetry will never win the war on terror
    But neither will error abetted by error

    We girly men are not afraid
    Of uncertainty or reason or interdependence
    We think before we fight, then think some more
    Proclaim our faith in listening, in art, in compromise

    So be a girly man
    & sing this gurly song
    Sissies & proud
    That we would never lie our way to war

  • Not for all the fire in hell
    Not for all the blue in the sky
    Not for an empire of my own
    Not even for peace of mind

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