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Joan Retallack Reading

Joan Retallack reads her poems: from "The Woman in the Chinese Room" (from How To Do Things With Words, Sun & Moon Classics, 1998), from The Bosch Bookshelf, 1-6, (published in Qui Parle [At the Intersections of Ecocriticism], Vol.19, No.2, Spring 2011), and from "Coimbra Poem of Poetry & Violence: Grief's Rubies," from Procedural Elegies / Western Civ Cont'd / (Roof Books, 2010).

Joan Retallack’s most recent book is PROCEDURAL ELEGIES/WESTERN CIV CONT'D from Roof. She is the author of The Poethical Wager (University of California Press) M U S I C A G E / CAGE MUSES on Words. Art. Music: John Cage in Conversation with Joan Retallack. Hanover: Wesleyan University Press, 1996.


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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.