Publication Date: 01-Sep-04 | ISBN: 1844710009 | Trim Size: 216 x 140 mm | Extent: 200pp | Format: Paperback
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The Sophist was first published by Sun & Moon Press in 1987 and has been unavailable for well over a decade. A pivotal book for Bernstein, The Sophist demonstrated his great range of subject matter, style, and genre. By contrasting wildly different approaches to poetry, Bernstein not only questions the intrinsic value of any given form but also provides a model for his later heterogeneous books, including My Way and With Strings. If sophism is the opposite of both philosophy and the lyric, then The Sophist is model for a rhetorical poetry that interrogates truth in the name of reason.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
The Text, the Beloved? Bernstein’s Sophist by Ron Silliman; The Simply ; The Voyage of Life ; Fear and Trespass ; Entitlement ; Outrigger ; The Years As Swatches ; The Only Utopia Is in a Now ; From Lines of Swinburne ; Special Pleading ; Micmac Mall (Sunset at Inverness); Dysraphism ; By Cuff ; Hitch World ; Like DeCLAraTionS in a HymIE CEMetArY ; Romance ; I and the ; Pafnucio Santo and the American Friend; The order of …; Renumberation; The Rudder of Inexorability; The Last Puritan; Acquiescence ; Foreign Body Sensation ; Team Bias ; Searchless Warrant ; Amblyopia ; Total Body Clearance ; Prosthesis ; Use No Flukes ; Safe Methods of Business ; Why I Am Not a Christian ; A Person Is Not an Entity Symbolic but the Divine Incarnate ; Rose the Click for 23 ; Surface Reflectance ; Brain Side View ; The Harbor of Illusion
PRAISE FOR THIS BOOK
“Charles Bernstein has reintroduced a spirit of polemic into the world of American poetry. In the exhausted atmosphere in which so much of our writing takes place, Charles Bernstein has battled long and hard to make both writers and readers aware of the implications embedded in each and every language act we partake of as citizens of this vast, troubled country.” —Why Write?
“Bernstein’s is the most provocatively intelligent reaction to the general drift of mainstream poetry, and he is an indefatigable writer of essays and poems wherein the determinations of genre are largely superseded. In short, he has not only given brilliant instance of the confusions of contemporary social and political premises but has done so in remarkable constructs of their characteristic modes of statement, which are not simply parodic but rather reclamations, recyclings, of otherwise degraded material.” —American Book Review
Charles Bernstein was born in Manhattan in 1950. He has published 27 collections of poetry including With Strings, Republics of Reality: Poems 1975-1984 and Controlling Interests. His essays are included in My Way: Speeches and Poems and Content’s Dream: Essays 1975-1984. Bernstein is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania.