Featured resources

  1. Charles Bernstein -
    St. McC. MP3
  2. Amiri Baraka -
    Against Bourgeois Art MP3
  3. Michael Palmer -
    Lies of the Poem MP3
  4. Henry Hills -
    Money MOV
  5. Barrett Watten -
    "I dreamed of a group of sociable foxes in the basement" MP3
  6. Steve McCaffery -
    The Baker Transformation MP3
  7. Bruce Andrews -
    Feature MP3
  8. Jackson Mac Low -
    Feeling Down Clementi Felt Imposed Upon From Every Direction (HSCH 10) MP3
  9. Ron Silliman -
    Quindecagon MP3
  10. Rod Smith -
    This is Such Total Bullshit MP3
  11. Rachel Blau Duplessis -
    Draft 72: Nanifesto MP3
  12. K. Silem Mohammad -
    Sonnet 154: The little love god lying once asleep MP3

Selected by Brian Ang (read more about his choices here)

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Henry Hills and Sally Silvers: 'Little Lieutenant,' 1994

Posted 10/20/2014

PennSound has been very happy to host work by filmmaker Henry Hills for many years now, and today we've added an exciting 1994 collaboration between Hills and choreographer Sally Silvers, "Little Lieutenant." Here's Hills' summary of the film:

Little Lieutenant is a look back at the late Weimar era with its struggles and celebrations leading up to world war, a period piece. Scored to John Zorn's arrangement of the Kurt Weill song, "Little Lieutenant of the Loving God", and drawing its imagery both from the original song and its somewhat idiosyncratic rearrangement, the film presents an internal reading of Silvers' solo scored to the same musical piece, "Along the Skid Mark of Recorded History". Closely following the Zorn arrangement, the film was storyboarded in 30 scenes (the arrangement changes approximately every 4 measures) and principally shot in a small studio employing rear screen projection, with foreground movement choreographed to interact with the projected imagery which reflects themes apparent in the song and its arrangement (Weimar cabaret scenes, labor footage, empty industrial landscapes, water, slides of moody photographs by James Casebere, a kinescope of Silvers' performance of the solo at the Joyce Theatre, battle newsreels, Walther Ruttmann's film Berlin: Symphony of a Great City, and a restructured animation, The Youth Machine). Scenes range through a Citizen Kane-esque pan up a forboding structure, idyllic lovers in both pastoral and industrial settings, labor marches, a lonely walk down a deserted alley, a bar brawl, a Motown-ish girl group, a dream sequence, and a giddy animation, up to the terrors of war and a bittersweet conclusion: an elaborate music video.

To watch this film, and many more Hills works spanning thirty years, visit PennSound's Henry Hills author page.


Newly Added Vintage Segue Sets from Double Happiness and HERE

Posted 10/17/2014

We recently added a number of newly-digitized recordings from the Segue Series' second home, Double Happiness that were made in the late nineties and early oughts. Highlights include John Yau reading in December 2001, Anselm Hollo and Garrett Kalleberg reading in February 1998, Brian Kim Stefans and Joan Retallack reading in January 2002, a trio reading by Jonathan Skinner, Johanna Fuhrman, and Laird Hunt from February 2001, Maggie Nelson and Adeena Carsick reading later that same month, and three events from April 2000 featuring Pattie McCarthy and Heather Ramsdall and Tim Griffin and David Levi Strauss, and Greg Fuchs and Janice Lowe.

As part of the same project, we also digitized two readings from HERE, an alternate venue for the series during its years at the Ear Inn: Yunte Huang and Leslie Scalapino reading in February 1998, and Tom Raworth and Ann Lauterbach reading in October 1997. Follow the individual links above to listen to any and all of these readings.


Listen to National Book Award Finalists on PennSound

Posted 10/15/2014

The National Book Award shortlists were announced this morning and it was a pleasure to see three PennSound poets among the poetry finalists:

Claudia Rankine was nominated for Citizen: An American Lyric (Greywolf), which, Shaelyn Smith of The Rumpus notes, "mixes poetry with art, essays and images from the news to share her own experiences of racism ... and to reflect on stories that have made their way into the national conversation about race, like the death of Trayvon Martin and fallout from Hurricane Katrina." You can listen to seven recordings recorded between 2002 to 2012 in Paris, New York, San Diego, Berkeley, and here at UPenn, including radio appearances, readings and conversations on her PennSound author page.

Fred Moten's latest, The Feel Trio (Letter Machine Editions) was also cited. Tyrone Williams recently discussed this volume in his Jacket2 commentary series, "Hunches, Hedges, etc." calling it "a blunt, unsentimental (it is written against both pathology and apotheosis vis-à-vis Negro, black and African American cultures) survey of a commons that continues to thrive underground," that "like his other [books], is written against forgetting, which is to say, written for a future that will have always been." Moten's PennSound author page is home to a small but potent collection of recordings, including two Segue Series sets, readings at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and our own Kelly Writers House, and a lecture at UPenn as well.

Finally, Fanny Howe made the list for her latest collection, Second Childhood (Greywolf), which was hailed by by Craig Morgan Teicher in The New York Times Book Review as "offer[ing] glimpses of the unseeable, shards of the unsayable, between the slats of the words, between meanings." He continues, "Whether we see what this reflexive poetry tries to show may have more to do with our own sense of faith — in language, if not in God — than with hers." PennSound's Fanny Howe author page contains a diverse archive of recordings from the late seventies to the present, including talks, readings, radio appearances and a musical setting of her poem, "Tis of Thee."


PennSound Daily is written by Michael S. Hennessey.

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