Dark City

By Charles Bernstein

Darkish urban, Charles Bernstein's 20th booklet, is an now and then comedian, every now and then bleak, day trip into daily life within the overdue twentieth century. In darkish urban, Bernstein strikes via a startling diversity of languages and varieties, from desktop lingo to the cant of television speak exhibits, from high-poetic diction to unsolicited mail, from intimate tackle to philosophical imperatives, from would-be proverbs to nursery rhymes and songs.

Bernstein's urban is flickering and evanescent, relocating from Madras to ny to l. a., from "Virtual Reality" to "The View from Nowhere." but his university of diversive/divisive voices additionally represents, because the Village Voice has famous, "A tireless try to regain our recognition and produce us from inertia into discourse again":

Love is like love, a baby
like a toddler, which means like
memory, mild like light.
A journey's a detour
and a pocket a charm
in which deceits are borne.
A cloud is a cloud and
a tale like a story,
song is a song,
fury like fury.

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