Armed Stasis

I will make a fact with you Robert Frost.

Me on the one side, you on the one side.

No learned astrologer will ever

Separate us, crouching in the proverb-

Ial darkness even when it sounds like

Light. —Gosh I gotta go soon, even now

The Jersey shore beckons, my cabana

For your cheddar, my bootstraps for your boot.




Charles Bernstein’s newest book is Recalculating, which is coming out in April from the University of Chicago Press. He is author most recently of Attack of the Difficult Poems: Essays & Inventions (University of Chicago Press, 2011),  All the Whiskey in Heaven: Selected Poems (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2010),  Blind Witness: Three American Operas (Factory School, 2008); Girly Man (Chicago Press, 2006), and My Way: Speeches and Poems (Chicago, 1999), among some thirty-five other books. He co-founded the influential journal L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E, and has written libretti for operas by composers such as Ben Yarmainsky, Brian Ferreyhough, and Dean Drummond.

Issue #20 February 2013
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