PEPC LIBRARY


Rough Trades

Charles Bernstein


Rough Trades was originally published by Sun & Moon Press
Los Angeles, 1991
© Charles Benstein 1991
[pagination at foot of each poem refers to this edition]

PEPC Edition © Charles Bernstein 2005

No part of this book can be reproduced without the permission of the author.


CONTENTS

Cover "My Valentine" by Susan Bee (1989)

Epigraph

The Riddle of the Fat Faced Man

The Kiwi Bird in the Kiwi Tree
“We Sell Ice Picks, Don’t We?”
Precisely and Moreover
Riddle of the Fat Faced Man
Getting Wise to Wherefores
Sites of Involvement
Nina’s Party at Judy’s Gym
Epiphanies of Suppression (3)
How to Disappear
Saltmines Regained
Rowing with One Oar
Targets of Opportunity
Whose Language
Verdi and Postmodernism

Rough Trades

Epigraph

Being a Statement on Poetics . . .
Reading the Tree: 1 and 2
Of Time and the Line
Wait
House of Formaldehyde
Weather Permitting
Force of Feeling
The Puritan Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalization
Filed Report
The Poet from Another Planet
Foam Post
Riot at 111 Station
Seven for Aotearoa
Slowed Reason
Beyond the Valley of the Sophist

The Persistence of Persistence

Epigraph

Fear of Flipping
Pockets of Lime
Blow-Me-Down Etude

Back Matter: bio and publisher's description