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Michael Davidson Interview

Michael Davidson talks about his
first textual experience, his engagement with the New American Poets
(and especially Robert Duncan, Jack Spicer, and Robin Blaser), the
poetics of disability, and his work in prose versus poetry.

Michael Davidson is a poet and critic. His books include The San
Francisco Renaissance: Poetics and Community at Mid-Century
, Ghostlier
Demarcations: Modern Poetry and the Material Word
, Guys Like Us:
Citing Masculinity in Cold War Poetics
and Concerto for the Left Hand: Disability
and the Defamiliar Body
(29 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.