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Hank Lazer Interview

Hank Lazer talks with Charles Bernstein about the confluences of his identities, Southen poetry, the poetics of jazz and transition, the forms of his work, the purported conflict between creativity and critical thinking and his poem Figure. Lazer is a poet and critic. His essays books include the multi-volume collection Opposing Poetries (Northwestern University Press) and Lyric & Spirit (Omnidawn). Lazer is a Professor of English at the University of Alabama, where he is also Associate Provost for Academic Affairs (27 minutes).


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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.