Attack of the Difficult Poems

Attack of the Difficult Poems: Essays and Inventions
Charles Bernstein

University of Chicago Press
Paper $26.00
ISBN: 9780226044774
Published April 2011

Applying an array of essayistic styles, Attack of the Difficult Poems ardently engages with the promise of its title. Bernstein introduces his key theme of the difficulty of poems and defends, often in comedic ways, not just difficult poetry but poetry itself. Bernstein never loses his ingenious ability to argue or his consummate attention to detail. Along the way, he offers a wide-ranging critique of literature’s place in the academy, taking on the vexed role of innovation and approaching it from the perspective of both teacher and practitioner.

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