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Wystan Curnow Interview

Charles Bernstein speaks with with Wystan Curnow; they discuss his perception of geographic
location as an aesthetic category and his work as an art
writer, critic and curator. Curnow also discusses in detail his 1983 poem
The Western, whose language is entirely appropriated from a comic
book. Curnow is a poet and critic from New Zealand. While teaching
American poetry at the University of New Zealand, where he has been a
professor, he has curated shows and written about the intersection between image and text. He
is closely associated with such artists as Billy Apple, Max Gimlet,
Len Lye and Colin McCahon (27 minutes).


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.