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Daphne Marlatt

Daphne Marlatt talks to host Charles Bernstein about Vancouver as place and theme in her writing, poetry as documentary, the long poem as a fluid form for the lyric, poems as novels and novels as poems, drift and double consciousness, feminist poetics and writing “in lesbian,” the possibilities for love poetry, and the after-effects of her move from Malaysia to Canada when she was nine.

Daphne Marlatt’s Selected Writing: Net Work was published in 2010 by Talon books. She coedited three key Canadian poetry magazines: periodics, Tessera, and TISH. Her poetry collections include Steveston, Liquidities: Vancouver Poems Then and Now. Her novels include Ana Historic and Taken. This Tremor Love is a 2001 collection of love poems spanning twenty-five years. Some of her essays are collected in Readings from the Labyrinth (1988). Her new book from Talon is Reading Sveva, a response to the life and paintings of Sveva Caetani.


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Conversations and readings with poets and artists, produced in cooperation with PennSound and hosted by Charles Bernstein, the American poet, theorist, editor, and literary scholar. Bernstein was born in New York City in 1950. He is a foundational member and leading practitioner of Language poetry. Bernstein was educated at the Bronx High School of Science and at Harvard University, where he studied philosophy with Stanley Cavell and wrote his final thesis on Gertrude Stein and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

In the mid-1970s Bernstein became active in the experimental poetry scenes in New York and San Francisco, not only as a poet, but also as an editor, publisher, and theorist. With visual artist and wife Susan Bee, Bernstein published several now well-known poets whose work is associated with Language writing.