Fracture Mechanics/TRAP DOORS is a chapbook by former Cleveland Heights author Michael Bernstein. It features the text for two of the author's most popular poetic intermedia performance pieces. These dynamic works meld collaboration and improvisation with Bernstein’s surreal post-urban mindscapes in intriguing fashion. J.E. Stanley, author of Rapid Eye Movement, calls FM/TP an "excellent thought-provoking book."
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Fracture Mechanics/TRAP DOORS is 8.5 x 5.5", 18 pages and handbound with saddle staples, gray cardstock, purple pages and golden endpapers. Cover photo by John Burroughs. J.E. Stanley continues, "As far as Fracture Mechanics/TRAP DOORS, I've seen somewhat similar formats, and done one slightly similar myself ... but I've never seen it done as well as Bernstein does it here." Published 9 September 2011. Approximately 70 copies in print.
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Click here to see Michael Bernstein and friends perform "Fracture Mechanics" at the Lix and Kix Poetry Extravaganza in 2011.
|Michael Bernstein 1/23/2011 at Jim's Coffeehouse in Elyria, Ohio|
Poet's bio (from the back of the book):
Michael Bernstein is a Chicago-born writer and musician. He is the author of 12 chapbooks, including 8bitskulls, the Fire District, and Well. His work has appeared in publications such as New American Writing, milk, Moria, and BlazeVOX. With Michael Crake, he edits the online literary arts magazine Pinstripe Fedora.