A CONVERSATION WITH DAVID ANTIN David Antin and Charles Bernstein
“ A N T I N i s w h a t i t m e a n s t o b e a v a n t - g a r d e . ”
Marjorie Perloff, author of
21st Century Modernism
A four-month interchange between the poet/essayist Charles Bernstein and artist/poet/critic David Antin. Ideas on art, poetry, as well as Antin’s transition to site-specific talk performances are discussed. The combination of the speed of electronic transmission and the rigors of writing as opposed to talking make this book, in Antin’s words, “a cross between an 18th- and 21st-century text.”
A Conversation with David Antin presents the entirety of this dialogue between two of the most important figures on the contemporary poetry scene. The text is com- plimented by Album Notes a collection of photographs from Antin’s life with extend- ed annotations —“shaggy dog stories”— verbal elaborations of the pictures which, together, add further dimension to the work of a writer and thinker Jerome Rothenberg has termed “as important a poet as we've got in America.”
DAVID ANTIN is a poet, critic and performance artist. He has edited and translated several science and math books and has pursued a career as a poet since 1955 and that of an art critic since 1964. His published books include Definitions (1967), Autobiography (1967), Code of Flag Behavior (1968), Meditations (1971), Talking (1972 & 2001), After the War (A Long Novel with Few Words) (1973), Dialogue (1980), Tuning (1984), Selected Poems 1963-1973 (1991) and What It Means to be Avant-Garde (1993).
CHARLES BERNSTEIN is recognized internationally as one of the major forces of con- temporary poetry. He is the David Gray Professor of Poetry and Letters at the State University of New York, Buffalo. Bernstein co-founded L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E magazine in the late 1970s. He is the author of several books of poems and essay collections, including My Way: Poems and Speeches, Republics of Reality: Poems 1975- 1995 (University of Chicago Press) and Content’s Dream: Essays 1975-1984 (Sun & Moon).
Poetics/Poetry • June 2002 • ISBN 1-887123-55-5 • $12.95 PB • 6 1/2" x 9" • 128 pp