Notes on Post-Conceptual Poetry
by Felix Bernstein
with a Preface by Trisha Low
and "What’s Not to Like: A Concluding Conversation with Vanessa Place"
Paperback, approx. 80 pages
Dimensions 5.5" x 8.5" x 0.25"
$13.00 Cover Price, $11.00 PreSale
Insert Blanc Press is pleased to announce the PreSale of Notes on Post-Conceptual Poetry by Felix Bernstein with a Preface by Trisha Low and "What’s Not to Like: A Concluding Conversation with Vanessa Place"
Notes on Post-Conceptual Poetry by Felix Bernstein is an aggravated survey of contemporary poetry, art, and criticism; compounded by compulsive archaeological digging in to the relics and ruins of Language poetry, Conceptual poetry, and Felix's own familiar familial corpus.
"It seems unfair that Felix Bernstein should both be born into the position of heir to a famous poetry surname and be something of a genius—should such a slim boy be burdened with both? It’s enough to make one flap one’s humid veil like a frog-duenna. Yet this book is one of sheer pace and fitful pleasures, post-conceptualism’s ‘death of the work’ a reinvention of zero, as intrepid Felix nimbly parries with the spectre of Kenny Goldsmith, with various twentieth-century proper nouns, with family/literary history, and, always, with himself, a tail-chasing enterprise which traces another zero which is also an infinitesimal stage. If his subject, post-conceptualism, somehow keeps slipping over the horizon in this hectic romance, so much the better for the continuation of the chase. Moreover, the chat with Vanessa Place, in which the beguiling twin spectres of FaceBook and Evil are fearlessly pursued by our pale metaphysicians, pilots a show I want to bingewatch forever in my grave. Viva Felix, and I look forward to decades more of this mad business."
(author Percussion Grenade from Fence and Salamandine: 8 Gothics from Tarpaulin Sky Press)
"Notes on Post-conceptual Poetry is a list of ninety-three (93) notes, plus intro and endnotes, in which Bernstein attempts the most explicit and energetic deconstruction of prevailing avant-garde social minutiae I’ve yet encountered. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever read a text more intelligibly self-aware. Drawing on thinkers from Deleuze to Lacan to Love to Ngai to Badiou to Barthes to Perloff, and combining a Zizekian X-ray vision with the biting “you can’t scare me” of youth, Notes constitutes Bernstein’s irruption into / refusal of the institutional avant-garde."—Monroe Lawrence, The Capilano Review
"Yet another loser of the coveted Wonder Book Prize, Felix Bernstein’s Notes on Post-Conceptual Poetry counter-canonically induces its subjects by way of negative generational reconnaissance and horrifically attritional complicity. It’s tough: sheaving a set of contemporaneous cultural productions, this work of maddened criticism plays privilege up the transplatformal compound it flexes to obscure a punctum. Insert Blanc Press didn’t get these Notes first, after all—Facebook and The Volta did, as may others still. An insistent skepticism resonates intra-argumentatively, doubtlessly and hopelessly cauterized by the conceptual lineage it serves to chip away at, leakage inevitable—and in “longing (for an end to work),” against and by the predecessors that shaped it. This version of Notes on Post-Conceptual Poetry also did not receive the assistance of an NEA Art Works Grant; nevertheless, it successfully arranges its excesses along an advanced political-philosophical horizon while exhaustively antagonizing the assessments those arrangements produce. Frantic, tactical, and resistant to endogenic rumor, it stages a few of the troubling and provocational concerns that presently riddle Bernstein’s network of writers and artists, young and old alike—their nascence approaching a discontinuity of precedential adjudications to trend and fault."
—J. Gordon Faylor, GaussPDF
"This book pretty much gets the now. Like with a slam dunk. And it knows it is slam dunking too. But even tho he's that total know-it-all boy in high school you gotta love him cuz he's also totally twisty and dark too. As in somber. Like a jewish intellectual Edward from twilight. I think we all dig boys with good breeding who are a little smart and crazy and blood thirsty. So why not try him out? It'll be a fun ride, if nothing else.—Hilary Duff (author of Elixer, Simon & Schuster)
Felix Bernstein debuted on YouTube with his real and satirical "Coming Out Video" in 2008 and went on to play characters from Amy Winehouse to Lamb Chop to Leopold (peter) Brant. His critical and uncritical writings have been published, or are forthcoming, in The Brooklyn Rail, Htmlgiant, The Volta, GaussPDF, Imperial Matters, Coldfront, Boston Review, The Believer, and Bomb. With Gabe Rubin he fronts the band Tender Cousins. The ambiguous duo directed and starred in Red Krayola’s opera Victorine at the 2012 Whitney Biennial and directed the films Unchained Melody and Boyland. Their next film Sweetly about Nazi-ish punk kids killing JAPS and Hipsters in Manhattan is in pre-production. You can experience all of the above, but slower, at www.felixbernstein.com.
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