I know very little about Steven Jesse Bernstein and I have no idea why. His poetry reminds me of a schizophrenic Allen Ginsberg ala Howl or Kaddish. Supposedly he was featured on the Sub Pop release Prison featuring music by Steve Fisk (who produced albums by Nirvana, Low, Unwound, Three Mile Pilot, etc.) but I haven’t heard that little platter. Here’s a quote taken from Kick to Kill about Mr. Bernstein (Click here to read the original post on Kick to Kill):
“He read poems from a stage with a live rodent in his mouth, its tail twitching as baseline punctuation. He tried to cut his heart out in order to hold it in his hands and calm it down. He once urinated on a heckler and tended to throw things: beer bottles, manuscripts, drumsticks, his wallet, a sandwich.”
This tape, The Sad Bag, features a bunch of Bernstein’s poetry and work. Enjoy.
Here are a few videos of Bernstein.