Content's Dream: Essays 1975-1984 is the celebrated introduction to language poetry by one of its leading practitioners. First published in 1986 and now a classic study of poetry and poetics in late twentieth-century America, this collection offers thirty-seven of Bernstein's essays, including the influential works "Thought's Measure" and "Semblance." Bernstein ranges over poets and visual artists as diverse as William Carlos Williams, Louis Zukovsky, Charles Olsen, and Robert Creeley. At once irreverent and deeply serious, as indebted to Groucho Marx as it is to Karl Marx, Content's Dream stakes out a clear cultural and aesthetic position for one extraordinary poet, for language poetry, and for our time.
About the Author
Charles Bernstein is the David Gray Professor of Poetry and Letters at the State University of New York at Buffalo and cofounder of the journal L-A-N-G-U-A-G-E. He is the author of My Way: Speeches and Poems and A Poetics and editor of 99 Poets/1999 : An International Poetics Symposium and Close Listening: Poetry and the Performed Word .
Table of Contents
One/ The Secret of Syntax Three or Four Things I Know about HimSemblanceStray Straws and Straw MenA Particular ThingStyleThe Dollar Value of PoetryThought's Measure
Two/ Film of PerceptionFrames of ReferenceWords and Pictures
Three/ Reading, Person, PhilosophyThe Objects of Meaning: Reading Cavell Reading WittgensteinMeaning the Meaning: Arakawa's Critique of SpaceThe Stadium of ExplanationOn TheatricalityG/Writing and Method
Four/ ConspiraciesIntroductionThe Academy in Peril: William Carlos Williams Meets the MLAJackson at HomeMaintaining Space: Clark Coolidge's Early WorksMaking Words Visible / Hannah WeinerThe Alphabet of StrideCounting and UncountingWriting Against the BodyRobin Blaser IntroductionHejinian's NotesI Think I Understand Alan DaviesWith Words: An Assembling of Visual Works from New YorkHearing 'Here': Robert Creeley's Poetics of DurationNarrating Narration: The Shapes of Ron Silliman's WorkUndone BusinessThe TellingThe Conspiracy of "Us"
Five/ FleshBlood on the Cutting Room FloorLiving Tissue/Dead Ideas
Six/ CatechesisAn Interview with Tom BeckettSocialist Realism or Real Socialism?Characterization