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Lawrence Joseph Interview

Lawrence Joseph talks about poetic intensity, the lyric as a social space, and darkness of our time of war without end. Joseph is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Into It and Codes, Precepts, Biases, and Taboos: Poems 1973-1993, both published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in 2005. Married to the painter Nancy Van Goethem, he has lived in lower Manhattan since 1998. He is presently Tinnelly Professor of Law at St. John's University School of Law, where he teaches labor and employment law and critical legal interpretation and theory.


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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.