April Bernard


April Bernard’s most recent collection of poems is Romanticism. Her second novel, Miss Fuller, was published last year.
 (February 2014)

  • Caged Laughter

    June 6, 2014

    Is it possible to feel more ambivalent than I do about Orange Is the New Black?

  • Sylvia Plath: Rage and Laughter

    June 5, 2013

    If we consider embarrassment as an aesthetic strategy rather than as a mistake, we begin to see how funny Sylvia Plath often is.

  • Here's What I Hate About Writers' Houses

    August 11, 2011

    On the subject of Writers’ Houses, that dark genius Robert Frost would have understood the paradox I find myself inhabiting: that I hate them in general, but soften to something like affection in the face of particular places. Frost enjoyed mocking his own, and others’, ambivalences, especially when personal feeling interfered with principle. Whether or not he also would have enjoyed hearing my footsteps in his old parlor and study is another matter; I would guess not.

  • 'Orange Is the New Black'

    Ongoing

    The experience of being highly entertained by this soap opera—which is also, often, extremely funny—turns the viewer into a tourist of suffering.