Bernstein, Charles. “A Conversation with Charles Bernstein.” Interview by David Caplan. Antioch Review 62, no. 1 (Winter, 2004): 131-141. Bernstein and Caplan talk about what makes poetry innovative and about Bernstein’s interest in exploring the vernacular. There is also discussion of Bernstein’s thoughts on metric poetry and free verse, as well as his ideas for teaching poetry in the classroom.
_______. “An Interview with Charles Bernstein.” Interview by Allison M. Cummings and Rocco Marinaccio. Contemporary Literature 41, no. 1 (Spring, 2000): 1-21. Bernstein speaks about both his commitment to poetic language as a vehicle for “truths” rather than Truth and his intention to liberate language from the depleted mines of mainstream poetic conventions.
Golding, Alan. “Charles Bernstein and Professional Avant-Gardism.” Talisman (Winter, 2009): 29-42. Looks at Bernstein’s career as an avant-garde poet.
Hennessey, Michael S. “From Text to Tongue to Tape: Notes on Charles Bernstein’s ’1-100.’” English Studies in Canada 33, no. 4 (December, 2007): 67-72. The essay on an early recording of Bernstein’s, “1-100,” talks about how Bernstein underscores the semantic tension between the performance of the words and the words themselves, downplaying the latter for the sake of the former.
McGuirk, Kevin. “Rough Trades: Charles Bernstein and the Currency of Poetry.” Canadian Review of American Studies 27, no. 3 (1997): 205-214. Discussion of Rough Trades examines whether Bernstein’s poetry is marked by trade and talks about how Bernstein’s name typically functions as a metonym for Language poetry.
Mack, Anne, Georg Mannejc, and J. J. Rome. “Private Enigmas and Critical Functions with Particular Reference to the Writing of Charles Bernstein.” New Literary History 2 (Spring, 1991) 441-464. Explores Bernstein’s arbitrary construction of poetry, which can combine various allusions, for example, in one poem, or seemingly disconnected segments that reference Lord Byron and nursery doggerel.
Nathanson, Tenney. “Collage and Pulverization in Contemporary American Poetry: Charles Bernstein’s Controlling Interests.” Contemporary Literature 33, no. 2 (Summer, 1992): 302-318. Looks at Bernstein’s use of disenchantment with unimpeded narrative, focusing on Controlling Interests.
Quinn, Paul. “Bernstein’s Republics: The Horizon of Language.” PN Review 27, no. 2 (2000): 32-35. Discusses how Bernstein’s poetic thinking can serve as a model of an autonomous, creative society.