Content's Dream : Essays 1975-1984

Content's Dream : Essays 1975-1984

by Charles Bernstein, Bernstein




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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810118454
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 03/28/2001
Series: Avant-Garde & Modernism Studies Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 465
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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 Him
Stray Straws and Straw Men
A Particular Thing
The Dollar Value of Poetry
Thought's Measure

Two/ Film of Perception
Frames of Reference
Words and Pictures

Three/ Reading, Person, Philosophy
The Objects of Meaning: Reading Cavell Reading Wittgenstein
Meaning the Meaning: Arakawa's Critique of Space
The Stadium of Explanation
On Theatricality
Writing and Method

Four/ Conspiracies
The Academy in Peril: William Carlos Williams Meets the MLA
Jackson at Home
Maintaining Space: Clark Coolidge's Early Works
Making Words Visible / Hannah Weiner
The Alphabet of Stride
Counting and Uncounting
Writing Against the Body
Robin Blaser Introduction
Hejinian's Notes
I Think I Understand Alan Davies
With Words: An Assembling of Visual Works from New York
Hearing 'Here': Robert Creeley's Poetics of Duration
Narrating Narration: The Shapes of Ron Silliman's Work
Undone Business
The Telling
The Conspiracy of "Us"

Five/ Flesh
Blood on the Cutting Room Floor
Living Tissue/Dead Ideas

Six/ Catechesis
An Interview with Tom Beckett
Socialist Realism or Real Socialism?


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