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 few / good excuses / ever given / for life on Earth." John Zurier is a painter who has lived in Berkeley, CA, since 1974. He is current Eminent Adjunct Professor at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 2010.
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. Author City: San Francisco, CA USA