Artifice of Absorption: Bernstein, Charles, Volume 4, Issues Front Cover. Singing Horse Press, – American poetry. This rich collection is far more than an important work of criticism by an extraordinary poet; it is a poetic intervention into criticism. “Artifice of Absorption,” a key. Get this from a library! Artifice of absorption. [Charles Bernstein].

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The Stencillist Just another WordPress. The American Poetry Wax Museum: He was for a time the publisher of the Segue catalogue of experimental poetry books, and he now “owns” the Poetics list at SUNY-Buffalo and moderates a radio show on poetry, Linebreak. For Bernstein, then, forgeries and copies are at once the symptom of our failure to use language “well” which often means “badly” in the conventional sense of the term and the only hope to intervene in that world, now filled with disposable ready-mades.

One salient passage stood out to me on page She can herself be rendered more perfect if her outward appearance improves. His definitions of terms are as follows:. He concludes his request for money with a sentence that puns between the worlds of art and business: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Impermeability suggests artifice, boredom, exaggeration, attention scattering, distraction, digression, interruptive, transgressive, undecorous, anticonventional, unintegrated, fractured, etc. The limits of acceptable linguistic expression are prescribed by a number of apparently universal taboos. To ask other readers questions about Artifice Of Absorptionplease sign up.

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The irony, artfiice course, is that Wilbur and Dove are among the poets who harvest poems out of their own experiences, so that the notion of learning from them how to write and publish poetry is, in some sense, quite a stretch.


Non-absorptive poetry is, of necessity, a poetry that values style as least as much as substance; the merchants of substance want to sell the content of their work and aim to find as simple a vehicle as possible to convey that substance.

Ezra Pound and the Modern Verse Epic stimulating and provocative” You can leave a responseor trackback from your own site. Refresh and try abworption. As I once argued, Jackson Riding turns to a poetics of nakedness in an attempt to defeat the poetic professionals who are so well clothed Arizona Quarterly The obvious solution is linked to this obvious problem; to make a poem that means something new, the poet must begin from a concern with style and form.

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Artifice Of Absorption

The first purpose of Clothes, as our Professor imagines, was not warmth or decency, but ornament. He defines the term in a long footnote: By continuing to use this website, you agree to their chales. The poetics of non-absorptiveness is his long essay-poem, “Artifice of Absorption,” whose deliberate obscurity of genre forces the very question he addresses.

Southern Illinois UP, Infor example, one Bernard Waldman, garment executive, began making copies of a wedding gown from the film King of Jazzwhich inaugurated the Modern Merchandising Bureau, which made copies of movie fashion S. This piece is 11, words or about 25 pages long. To me they were good values.

Art is made less for its own sake than for the sake of control in the marketplace Sometimes playful, often hortatory, always intense, he joins in the debate on cultural diversity and the definition of modernism.


This vicious process ends, rather predictably, with the garment becoming “a signifier of something which is yet nothing other than this very constitution” Meanwhile poets, patiently laboring under a vast cultural misconception, imagine that authenticity is conflatable with subjectivity, not realizing that subjectivity is simply the most acutely engineered of all our technologies – voice-activated, setting in motion a replay of cultural “memories” which are generic and thus belong to nobody.

The metaphor that Bernstein employs to link conventional thinking to nineteenth-century industrialization is apt, as is his attempt to inoculate the language against conformity through his own, almost homeopathic, use of “styles. Femininity became associated with kitsch, which was associated with popular, rather than high, culture.

But to argue against manufacture and for a kind of cottage absorptioon of idiosyncracy is to ignore the very market system that Bernstein invokes.

Then, in much the way that Barthes describes the actual garment being transformed into the “written garment” 3Egon Friedell in saw fit to declare: Aesthetic values became less important for their own sakes and more so for the sake of promotion; as advertising man Ernest Elmo Calkins wrote, “Beauty is introduced into material objects to enhance them in the eyes of the purchaser” Michael Lloyd-Billington rated it it was ok Dec 05, The poet then includes material from his own career: It may not be stored, displayed, published, reproduced, or used for any other purpose.