fifty years of buffalo poetics readings on pennsound

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Fifty years of Buffalo poetics readings on PennSound

We’ve been working on this page for a decade, but now near complete
— 150 readings and events at Buffalo, from 1963 to 2003
Charles Bernstein

http://jacket2.org/commentary/fifty-years-buffalo-readings

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from: “against national poetry month as such” / charles bernstein. 1999

http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/044106.html

[...] The kind of poetry I want is not a happy art with uplifting messages and easy to understand emotions. I want a poetry that’s bad for you. Certainly not the kind of poetry that Volkswagen would be comfortable about putting in every new car it sells [...]
The most desirable aim of the Academy’s National Poetry Month is to increase the sales of poetry books. But when I scan some of the principal corporate sponsors of the program of the past several years, I can’t help noting (actually I can but I prefer not to) that some are among the major institutions that work actively against the wider distribution of poetry. The large chain bookstores are no friends to the small presses and independent bookstores that are the principal supporters of all types of American poetry: they have driven many independents out of business and made it more difficult for most small presses (the site of the vast majority of poetry publishing) to get their books into retail outlets, since by and large these presses are excluded from the large chains. [...]

http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/044106.html

“new coast festival” (1993) audio files @ pennsound

http://jacket2.org/commentary/writing-new-coast-festival-21-audio-files-buffalo-poetics-program-event

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