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We Are Nothing and So Can You free pdf "We Are Nothing and So Can You" We Are Nothing and So Can You is a book-length poem for the long 21st century to come, a poem of revolts past, present, and future. In alternating passages of rhapsodic verse and speculative prose, Bernes plots the dynamic movement of history, both irreversible and recursive, moving forward directly and by twists and turns, in sentences and lines, standing still and hurtling toward the abyss. This is an epic for an age without heroes save collective heroes, leaping from the occupied plazas and rioting cities of the aughts and teens to futures alternately desolate and full of promise. I think this is one of the poem s great achievementsto write a description of a post-revolutionary moment that isn t a utopia- to use techniques that orbit wider than realism, while looping through a descriptive realism nonetheless. This is beyond the resources of realist fiction when it tries to think about capitalism. The best dystopian science fiction, meanwhile, when it tries to extend capitalism into the future, tends to invite allegorical readings that, while pleasurable, usually lose sight of the thing Bernes has kept our gaze on all the while: the conditions of production under capital, the ones that make us merely 'programmable, ' make us just sad apes. Chris Nealon, The Price of Value (forthcoming 2016)From "We Are Nothing and So Can You"As for the rest of us, we learnsomething important about ourselveswatching from the loading dockas the mushroom cloudannounces the end of another seasone.g., that each riot really isan assemblage of other riotswashed up on the boulevards, from whose faded corpsesone dresses and arms one s comradesthe total inadequacy of whichas equipment for the task at handtraces out in negativethe seat perilous of the party historicalthe poetry of the futurewhose sweet new soundswill fill with meaning slowlywhile the seas rise."

About Jasper Bernes

Jasper Bernes is the author of a previous collection of poems, "Starsdown" (2007), and is currently completing a book of literary history, "The Work of Art in the Age of Deindustrialization," about the role of poetry in the postindustrial restructuring of labor. Excerpts from "We Are Nothing and So Can You" have appeared in "Lana Turner," "The American Reader," "The Capilano Review," "Hi Zero," "Prelude," and elsewhere. His writing on contemporary politics and political economy can be found in venues such as "The New Inquiry," "LARB," "Endnotes," and "Viewpoint." He lives in Berkeley with his family and teaches in the English Departments at UC Berkeley and Stanford University.

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Author : Jasper Bernes
Publisher : Commune Editions
Data Published : 16 June 2015
ISBN : 193463915X
EAN : 9781934639153
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 120 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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