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Charles Bernstein

The Importance of Being Bob


of my aversion to
grace. Bob’s distrust

Bob’s considered

numinous nominalism.
tual autobiographology. Bob’s

lusions. Bob’s concept-

Bob’s classical sec-
generosity. Bob’s Bethlehem. Bob’s

Bob’s discretion. Bob’s

ventriloquism. Bob’s casual attire
surrealism. Bob’s

being difficult. Bob’s social realist

charming, reader. Bob’s difficulty

you, fickle yet disarming, odious but

resilience. Bob’s direct address to
homeopathic Jewishness. Bob’s

Bob’s talk. Bob’s

resistance. Bob’s tactical humor.
Quemoy & Matsu. Bob’s strategic

Bob’s legible illegibility. Bob’s

Charles Bernstein, NYC, November 1997, photo by John Tranter

Charles Bernstein, NYC, November 1997, photo by John Tranter

Charles Bernstein (born April 4, 1950) is a poet, editor, and literary scholar. Together with Bruce Andrews he edited L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Magazine, which ran to 13 issues between 1978 and 1981. From 1989 to 2003, Bernstein was David Gray Professor of Poetry and Letters at the University at Buffalo, where he was co-founder and Director of the Poetics Program. He is also co-founder of The Electronic Poetry Center at Buffalo. He is currently the Donald T. Regan Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is co-founder of PennSound. Bernstein’s most recent work, All the Whisky in Heaven, a title based on a poem which Bernstein premiered in The Nation, will be published in Spring 2010 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.

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