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Heir to the democratic and poetic sensibilities of Walt Whitman and Allen Ginsberg, Charles Bernstein has always crafted verse that responds to its historical moment, but no previous collection of his poems so specifically addresses the events of its time as Girly Man, which features works written on the evening of September 11, 2001, and in response to the war in Iraq. Here, Bernstein speaks out, combining self-deprecating humor with incisive philosophical and political thinking.

     Composed of works of very different forms and moods—etchings from moments of acute crisis, comic excursions, formal excavations, confrontations with the cultural illogics of contemporary political consciousness—the poems work as an ensemble, each part contributing something necessary to an unrealizable and unrepresentable whole.  

      A passionate defense of contingency, resistance, and multiplicity, Girly Man is a provocative and aesthetically challenging collection of radical verse from one of Americas most controversial poets.

      “A major achievement. . . . Anyone interested in contemporary poetry should seek out the collection, if only to read one of our most provocative poet-critics writing his most engaging poems to date.”—Thomas Devaney, Philadelphia Inquirer

      “Charles Bernstein writes both prose and poetry about poetry, sometimes brilliantly, in ways calculated to upset the middlebrow and thwart the bland. The more you like the poetic equivalent of a nice tune, easy to hum, the more Bernstein means to disrupt your complacency.”—Robert Pinsky, Washington Post

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Charles Bernstein is the Donald T. Regan Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of more than twenty books, including My Way: Speeches and Poems and With Strings, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Lets Just Say

In Particular

Thank You for Saying Thank You

Lets Just Say

“every lake . . .”

Some of These Daze

Its 8:23 in New York

Today is the next day of the rest of your life


Report from Liberty Street

Letter from New York

World on Fire

Didnt We

The Folks Who Live on the Hill

One More for the Road

In a Restless World Like This Is

Ghost of a Chance

Choo Choo ChBoogie

Stranger in Paradise

Broken English

Lost in Drowned Bliss

Sunset at Quaquaversal Point

A Flame in Your Heart



Fantasy on Nightmare on Elm Street Theme

“Cum ipse . . .”

Hes So Heavy, Hes My Sokal

Why I Dont Meditate


Language, Truth, and Logic

from Canti Antichi

Slap Me Five, Cleo, Marks History

In Parts

Reading Red


In Parts


Photo Opportunity


Castor Oil


Jacobss Ladder

Dont Get Me Wrong

Interim Standoff

Should We Let Patients Write Down Their Own Dreams?

Bridges Freeze Before Roads

Pocket in the Hole

Evening Sail with Prawns

Secrets of a Clear Hand

Rain Is Local

Set Free (Knot)

If You Lived Here Youd Be Home Now

The Warble of the Ammonia-Bellied Barkeep

“And if then . . .”

Comforting Thoughts

Further Color Notes


Girly Man

War Stories

Theres Beauty in the Sound of the Rushing Brook as It Forks & Bends in the Moonlight

Sign Under Test

A Poem Is Not a Weapon

Emmas Nursery Rimes

Wherever Angels Go

Death Fugue (Echo)

The Beauty of Useless Things: A Kantian Tale


The Bricklayers Arms

The Ballad of the Girly Man

Notes and Acknowledgments

Product Details

Bernstein, Charles
University of Chicago Press
Single Author / American
American - General
Poetry-A to Z
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2 halftone
8.5 x 5.5 in

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