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Difficult!Poetry? Charles Bernstein, Catherine Walsh & Christodoulos Makris

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Readings by experimental poets Charles Bernstein (USA), Catherine Walsh (Ireland) and Christodoulos Makris (Ireland/Cyprus)

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Charles Bernstein taught poetry and poetics at the University of Pennsylvania, with an emphasis on modernist and contemporary art, aesthetics, and performance. He retired from Penn on June 30, 2019. Bernstein has published five collections of essays — Pitch of Poetry (Chicago, 2016), Attack of the Difficult Poems: Essays and Inventions (Chicago, 2011), My Way: Speeches and Poems (Chicago, 1999), A Poetics (Harvard, 1992), and Content's Dream: Essays 1975-1984. His books of poetry include Near/Miss (Oct. 2018), Recalculating (Chicago, 2013), All the Whiskey in Heaven: Selected Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Girly Man (Chicago, 2006), With Strings (Chicago, 2001), and Republics of Reality: 1975 - 1995 (Sun & Moon, 2000). His libretto Shadowtime, for composer Brian Ferneyhough, was published in 2005 by Green Integer; it was performed as part of the 2005 Lincoln Center Festival. Bernstein is the editor of several collections, including: American Poetry after 1975 (Duke University Press / special issue of boundary, 2009), Close Listening: Poetry and the Performed Word (Oxford, 1999), The Politics of Poetic Form: Poetry and Public Policy (Roof, 1990), and the poetics magazine L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E, whose first issue was published in 1978. He is editor of the Electronic Poetry Center and co-director (with Al Flireis) of PennSound.

Catherine Walsh was born in Dublin in 1964. Her poetry includes Macula (Dublin, Red Wheelbarrow Press, 1986); The Ca Pater Pillar Thing and More Besides (Dublin, hardPressed Poetry, 1986); Making Tents (hardPressed Poetry, 1987); Short Stories (UK, Twickenham and Wakefield, North & South, 1989); from Pitch (London, Form Books, 1993); Pitch (Durham, UK, Pig press, 1994); Idir Eatortha & Making Tents (London, Invisible Books, 1997); Etruscan Books Reader No 1 ( Devon, Etruscan Books, 1997); from City West (Vermont, Longhouse, 1997); City West (Exeter, UK, Shearsman Books, Ltd, 2005); Optic Verve (Exeter, UK, Shearsman Books, Ltd, 2009) and Astonished Birds Cara, Jane, Bob and James (hardPressed Poetry, 2012). She is founder and co-editor of hardPressed Poetry with Billy Mills, and lives in Limerick.

Christodoulos Makris is “one of Ireland’s leading contemporary explorers of experimental poetics” (The RTÉ Poetry Programme). He has published three books of poetry, most recently this is no longer entertainment (Manchester: Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2019), as well as several pamphlets, artists’ books and other poetry objects. His second book The Architecture of Chance (Dublin: Wurm Press, 2015) was a poetry book of the year for RTÉ Arena and 3:AM Magazine. One of Poetry Ireland’s ‘Rising Generation’ poets, he has presented his work widely across media and borders, and received awards and commissions from several institutions including the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), StAnza Festival (Scotland), European Poetry Festival, Culture Ireland, and Maynooth University. He is the poetry editor at gorse journal and associated imprint Gorse Editions. “In work that is at times radically experimental, and always alert to the capacity of language to remake the world, Christodoulos Makris seeks ways to break open the lyric space of the poem to alter the ways in which language operates in the public realm” (Lucy Collins, Irish University Review).

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