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Lisa Robertson, Cinema of the Present

Lisa Robertson talks with Charles Bernstein about her new book, the form of Cinema of the Present, rethinking lyric and epic poetry through feminism, experimentation versus subjectivity, prose versus verse, the persistence of beauty, pleasure, and the aesthetic, early connections to the Kootenay School of Writing, living bilingually in France and the bubble of monolingualism, soft architecture, writing essays for visual arts publications, and seeing the world through rose-colored glasses. Lisa Robertson was born in Toronto, Robertson’s life as a poet began in the 1990s Vancouver, BC, in and around the Kootenay School of Writing. Her books include XEclogue, Debbie: An Epic, The Men,R's Boat, Cinema of the Present and 3 Summers her most recent book, from Coach House, . She also has a collection of essays: Occasional Works and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture. Lisa Robertson presently lives in France.


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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.