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Michael Davidson Reading

Michael Davidson reads selections from his poetry collections The Prose of Fact, The Landing
of Rochambeau
, Post-Hoc and The Arcades, as well as more recent work.
and edited The New Collected Poems of George Oppen.

Davidson is the also the author of the poetry collections The Mutabilities & The Foul Papers (Sand Dollar Books) and Summer Letters (Black Sparrow Press). He edited the monumental The Collected Poems of George Oppen (New Directions)
and has also written, among other works, The San Francisco Renaissance: Poetics and Community at Mid-Century,
an historical study of the literary and social bohemias of its namesake's urban oasis, and Guys Like Us: Citing Masculinity in Cold War Poetics,
an exploration of notions of masculinity and sexuality in post-war literatures (26 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.