'Karen Carpenter', a new poem by Charles Bernstein

Her voice
weeps
sin-
g-
ing
to
God
o-
n a
fre-
quen-
cy
that tu-
nes
out he-
r
cries. We’-
ve
only jus-
t
begun
to fr-
ea-
k —
t-
he
d-
read
l-
on-
ging
to be
cl-
ose
to Y-
ou
wh-
o
tears each soul
to s-
hr-
eds.
Hurting each
other, b-
ut
c-
oming
back f-
or
more.
As i-
f
hurt
is
what
matters.

Charles Bernstein

Published in May 2019, no. 411
Charles Bernstein

Charles Bernstein

Charles Bernstein is an American poet, essayist, and literary scholar. His first poetry collection, Asylums, appeared in 1975, when he was twenty-five years old. His most recent collection, Near/Miss (2018) won him the 2019 Bollingen Prize for American Poetry. He is currently the Donald T. Regan Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania.