Dark City

Dark City

Charles Bernstein

Language: English

Pages: 67

ISBN: 1557131627

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Dark City, Charles Bernstein's twentieth book, is an at times comic, at times bleak, excursion into everyday life in the late 20th century. In Dark City, Bernstein moves through a startling range of languages and forms, from computer lingo to the cant of TV talk shows, from high-poetic diction to junk mail, from intimate address to philosophical imperatives, from would-be proverbs to nursery rhymes and songs.

Bernstein's city is flickering and evanescent, moving from Madras to New York to Los Angeles, from "Virtual Reality" to "The View from Nowhere." Yet his collage of diversive/divisive voices also represents, as The Village Voice has noted, "A tireless attempt to regain our attention and bring us from inertia into discourse again":

Love is like love, a baby
like a baby, meaning like
memory, light like light.
A journey's a detour
and a pocket a charm
in which deceits are borne.
A cloud is a cloud and
a story like a story,
song is a song,
fury like fury.

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conditions, sexuality, labor 1glnd6n5-does not only give pleasure through its intelligence and wit. It is also a book that demands the reader's constant rethinking of her own'ground' and poetic presuppositions. . .. This is exhilarating and liberating work." Bernstein has published two substantial, and widely reviewed, collections of essays-Content's Dream 1r986y and ,{ ?oetics (t992).[n r99o, he edited ThePolitics of Poetic Form:?oetry and Public Policy as well as ?atterns / Contexts / Time,

replacement within the next six months? What organizations do any members of your household belong to? How many times have you shopped by mail in the past month? Do you frequently donate by mail to any of the following? 9+ Crrenrps BERNSTETN Dear Mr. Chinitz: - I "T writing this subject to follow-up on two previous phone calls on because I will not beible to reach you by -*d phone late this afternoon when you are scheduled io be in your office. As you k o*, I called you on September 3o and

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