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By Charles Bernstein

Darkish urban, Charles Bernstein's 20th e-book, is an from time to time comedian, every now and then bleak, expedition into daily life within the past due twentieth century. In darkish urban, Bernstein strikes via a startling variety of languages and varieties, from computing device lingo to the cant of television speak indicates, from high-poetic diction to direct mail, from intimate handle to philosophical imperatives, from would-be proverbs to nursery rhymes and songs.

Bernstein's urban is flickering and evanescent, relocating from Madras to manhattan to l. a., from "Virtual Reality" to "The View from Nowhere." but his college of diversive/divisive voices additionally represents, because the Village Voice has famous, "A tireless try and regain our consciousness and produce us from inertia into discourse again":

Love is like love, a baby
like a toddler, which means like
memory, mild like light.
A journey's a detour
and a pocket a charm
in which deceits are borne.
A cloud is a cloud and
a tale like a story,
song is a song,
fury like fury.

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A cloud is a cloud and a story like a story, song is a song, fury like fury. from the rvreck not of our lives but where we have been given to live tlem. I would not walk alone here, where the dark surrounds, where your face radiates beyond my swollen misgivings and clarifies the mist of my belonging. Stay near t}at I may hold you lightly else the fear inside tear away what measures I have held against the night. Love's no more than tlat straw against t}e wind that blows us to the ground a without submission.

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