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Yesterday (thanks Pierre), Charles Bernstein's wrote:


Barbara Guest died last night in Berkeley. I got the news this afternoon from her daughter Hadley. For now, I want to recast some remarks I made on the occasion of Guest receiving the Frost Medal of the Poetry Society of America in 1999:

I want to thank Barbara Guest for a lifetime of poetry for which we, as readers, have been unprepared - to thank her for continually testing the limits of form and stretching the bounds of beauty, for expanding the imagination and revisioning - both revisiting and recasting - the aesthetic. For we are still unprepared for Guest: she has never quite fit our pre-made categories, our expectations, our explanations. She has written her work as the world inscribes itself, processurally, without undue obligation to expectation, and with a constant, even serene, enfolding in which we find ourselves folded.

More information on Barbara Guest at: Electronic Poetry Center, Jacket Magazine and Penn sound.

Readers Comments

  1. Catherine Kasper Sunday 19 February 2006

    About Barbara Guest's death:
    We are diminished by this loss. Thanks to Charles Bernstein for his beautiful, articulate words about Barbara. She was an amazing poet whose work stretched and risked and challenged. Her work changed my life, as did her generosity.

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