Poetry. "In the poems of CONTROLLING INTERESTS Bernstein continually reveals his desire for the concomitance of the individual and the world, of all language and experience . This book is one of the most original and imaginative in American lyric verse"—Douglas Messerli. "Bernstein presents the reader with a world in which the articulation of an individual language is all but prevented by the official discourses that bombard the consciousness from all sides . He [is] on to something important"—Marjorie Perloff. "It is writing of absolute necessity, demanding not to be appreciated, but understood"—Ron Silliman.
Charles Bernstein is a prominent member of the Language poets, and the author of 40 books, ranging from large-scale collections of poetry and essays, to pamphlets, libretti, translations, and collaborations. He is currently the Donald T. Regan Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is co-founder of PennSound.