In a Restless World Like This Is

By Charles Bernstein b. 1950 Charles Bernstein
Not long ago, or maybe I dreamt it
Or made it up, or have suddenly lost
Track of its train in the hocus pocus
Of the dissolving days; no, if I bend
The turn around the corner, come at it
From all three sides at once, or bounce the ball
Against all manner of bleary-eyed fortune
Tellers—well, you can see for yourselves there’s
Nothing up my sleeves, or notice even
Rocks occasionally break if enough
Pressure is applied. As far as you go
In one direction, all the further you’ll
Have to go on before the way back has
Become totally indivisible.

Charles Bernstein, "In a Restless World LIke This Is" from Girly Man. Copyright © 2006 by Charles Bernstein.  Reprinted by permission of The University of Chicago Press.

Source: Girly Man (The University of Chicago Press, 2006)

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Poet Charles Bernstein b. 1950

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

SCHOOL / PERIOD Language Poetry

Subjects Living, Life Choices, The Mind, Time & Brevity, Social Commentaries, History & Politics

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Poet, essayist, theorist, and scholar Charles 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 . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Life Choices, The Mind, Time & Brevity, Social Commentaries, History & Politics

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

SCHOOL / PERIOD Language Poetry

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