Follow us on:


Rae Armantrout Interview

Rae Armantrout in conversation with Charles Bernstein on on the truth in poetry, on religion, on living in Southern California, and on the nature of lyric poetry. She also discusses a couple of the poems read in our companion segment, Rae Armantrout Reading. Armantrout's books of poetry include Extremities (The Figures, 1978), Necromance (Sun And Moon, 1991), Made To Seem (Sun And Moon, 1995), The Pretext (Green Integer, 2001), Veil: New and Selected Poems (Wesleyan, 2001) and Up to Speed (Wesleyan, 2003). A prose memoir, True, was published by Atelos in 1998. Armantrout is a professor of English at the University of California, San Diego.


Close Listening


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.