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Drew Milne Interview

Drew Milne discusses the ideological and political dimensions of poetry: Can poetry offer a social critique? What is relation of poetry to the local and national interest (including his own native Scotland)? How does tradition figure for contemporary poetry? Milne is the Judith E. Wilson Lecturer in Drama and Poetry, University of Cambridge, England. Recent publications include The Damage: New and Selected Poems (2001) and Go Figure (2003), both from Salt Publishing. He is also the editor of the anthology Modern Critical Thought: An Anthology of Theorists Writing on Theorists (Blackwell, 2003), and, with Terry Eagleton, Marxist Literary Theory: A Reader (Blackwell, 1996) Hear a poetry reading by Milne, including some of the material discussed here, in Edition 13.


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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.