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Author: Bill Berkson

Bill Berkson was born in New York in 1939. He moved to Northern California in 1970 and now divides his time between San Francisco and New York. He is a poet, critic, sometime curator, and professor emeritus at the San Francisco Art Institute, where he taught art history and literature for many years. A corresponding editor for Art in America, he has contributed to such other journals as Artforum, Aperture, Modern Painters, and artcritical.com. His recent books include PORTRAIT AND DREAM: NEW & SELECTED POEMS (Coffee House Press, 2009); BILL, a words-and-images collaboration with Colter Jacobsen; Lady Air; Not an Exit with drawings by Léonie Guyer; REPEAT AFTER ME (Gallery Paule Anglim, 2011), with watercolors by John Zurier; and a collection of his art writings, FOR THE ORDINARY ARTIST (BlazeVOX books, 2010), as well as a new collection of his poems, Expect Delays, from Coffee House Press in 2014 and INVISIBLE ORLIGARCHS out from Ugly Duckloing Presse in 2016.

For the Ordinary Artist: Short Reviews, Occasional Pieces and More
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For the Ordinary Artist: Short Reviews, Occasional Pieces and More

BlazeVOX books

Literary Nonfiction. Art. "'Opinions are not literature' Gertrude Stein famously admonished Ernest Hemingway. It's a maxim that puts most art critics behind the Eight-Ball. Not Bill Berkson. His criticism doesn't just deliver an opinion, it embodies...

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Fugue State
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Fugue State

Zoland Books

Poetry. "'I speak volumes,' Bill Berkson writes in one of his poems, 'and I crumble as I succeed / empire-elect of a most honorable science...' The science is poetry, a science that creates happiness in spite of everything. Berkson does it by means ...

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Invisible Oligarchs
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Invisible Oligarchs

Ugly Duckling Presse

Literary Nonfiction. Poetry. Bill Berkson's INVISIBLE OLIGARCHS is like a book jotted on the back of a poet's hand—a hand that picks up everything that sings to it, from gold-leaf proverb to chopstick sheath, on its quick trip through a few places i...

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Repeat After Me
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Repeat After Me

Gallery Paule Anglim

Poetry. Art. Translation. REPEAT AFTER ME comprises sixteen new poems—including translations from Mallarmé, Boris Pasternak and Alexander Pushkin—by Bill Berkson, accompanied by watercolor images by the painter John Zurier. "To you, / one of very fe...

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Saturday Night: Poems 1960-61
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Saturday Night: Poems 1960-61

Sand Dollar Books

Poetry. LAST COPIES! Bill Berkson's first book of poems (1961) reprinted in 1975, with new cover art by Norman Bluhm, by Sand Dollar Books. Previously declared out of print; limited number of copies available.

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Sudden Address: Selected Lectures 1981-2006
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Sudden Address: Selected Lectures 1981-2006

Cuneiform Press

Literary Nonfiction. Poetry. Art. Ron Padgett writes: "Bill Berkson's writing is witty, musical, daily, and deep, underpinned by a bracing integrity and shot through with gorgeous abstraction and other brilliant hookups between eye, ear, mind, and h...

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