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  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

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A Tribute to Paul Dutton, 2014

Posted 11/25/2015

While Canadians don't celebrate Thanksgiving at the same time as we do in the US — their holiday took place a month-and-a-half back — a number of Canadians have conspired to give our listeners a reason to be very thankful: video footage of a 2014 tribute event to author Paul Dutton, held on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

Recorded on March 4, 2014 at The Supermarket in Toronto, Ontario, this two-hour event was hosted by Gary Barwin, Jenny Sampirisi, and Stuart Ross, and features an impressive all-star roster of Dutton's friends, fans, and collaborators, including Phil Minton; Eric Schmaltz; Jay Millar; Mari-Lou Rowley; Steve Venright; Christian Bök; W. Mark Sutherland and Nobuo Kubota; Donkey Lopez (Ray Dillard, Stuart Ross, and Steven Lederman); a.rawlings; John Kamevaar; Karl Jirgens; Margaret Christakos; Chris Tonelli; Jenny Sampirisi and John Kameel Farah; Dan Waber, Gary Barwin, Gregory Betts, and David Lee; and Shannon McGuire, before concluding with a set from CCMC (Dutton, Kamevaar, John Oswald, and Michael Snow).

Barwin opens the show by highlighting the many hats Dutton has worn — "poet, novelist, musician, improviser, essayist, mentor, collaborator, soundsinger, critic, friend." "Over the past forty years," he continues, "Paul has created an impressive body of great work: sound poems, visual poems, collections of poetry, short fiction, a novel, CDs, countless performances (both as a solo artist and as a part of groups such as the Four Horsemen and CCMC). He has been a significant part of major works by R. Murray Schafer and has performed and collaborated with a wide array of other artists. Paul is a sensitive, exacting, witty, and inventive performer and explorer of language out of the human. As a writer, he has plumbed the musicality of the paragraph, the sentence, and the word. As an oral sound artist, Paul has helped redefined the musical potential of human utterance." You can listen to the rest of his introduction, and view all of these marvelous performances here. We'd also like to thank Laurie Kwasnik and ChromaSonic Pictures for making this footage available to us.

Appropriately enough, Barwin is also the editor of Sonosyntactics: Selected and New Poetry of Paul Dutton, released this month by Wilfrid Laurier University Press — a collection hailed for "demonstrat[ing] Dutton's willingness to (re)invent and stretch language and to listen for new possibilities while at the same time engaging with his perennial concerns — love, sex, music, time, thought, humour, the materiality of language, and poetry itself." And, of course, don't forget PennSound's Paul Dutton author page, which houses solo recordings from 1979–2001, as well as links to our Four Horsemen page and other collaborations, and a series of useful links to external resources. First created in 2005, our Dutton page was one of our earliest author pages, but its materials continue to surprise us.

PennSound Podcast 52: Jerome Rothenberg Interviewed

Posted 11/23/2015

This past September, Jerome Rothenberg returned to our own Kelly Writers House for a spirited evening reading — his fifth visit overall since 1998. Earlier in the afternoon, he met with Al Filreis and Ariel Resnikoff for a wide-ranging conversation covering his impressively long poetic career.

This conversation, running more than an hour long, has just been released as the latest (and fifty-second overall) episode in the PennSound Podcast series. In a Jacket2 post, Filreis details the many topics covered in their conversation: "the new young German poets of the mid- to late 1950s; the world of Jewish mystics Rothenberg discovered as a young poet; his time as a Masters student studying Dickinson and Whitman with Austin Warren at the University of Michigan in the early 1950s; 'the four great Jewish objectivist poets'; Armand Schwerner; somewhat sudden access to major commercial presses for his anthologies in the late 1960s; Robert Duncan's recommendation of Gershom Scholem; Paul Celan; and Rothenberg's forays into the problem of representing the unsayable of genocide."

To start listening, click the title above.

St. Bonaventure Readings: Halpern, Simonds, Pool (2015)

Posted 11/19/2015

After a brief hiatus, we were very happy to receive a set of new recordings from the St. Bonaventure Visiting Poets Series, which is curated by Kaplan Harris.

The series two fall events include an October 27th reading featuring sets from Sandy Pool and Sandra Simonds. Pool is a poet, editor, and visiting creative writing instructor at St. Bonaventure this year. After detailing her long list of publications, including an opera recently commissioned by Tapestry New Opera Works, Harris makes mention of Pool's answer to an interview question about her ideal writing environment. "A room with a roaring fire, warm lighting, cuddly cats, and maybe some good pizza and wine," she explains, "I like to have romantic evenings with my writing, apparently," which, Harris notes, should make Western New York's impending winter a productive time for her.

She's followed by Sandra Simonds, who was visiting classes at St. Bonaventure that week. Harris' introduction, framed by his own long-term enjoyment of her work focuses on how prolific a writer Simonds is, as well as how well-received her work is. He concludes with a word of praise from Catherine Wagner: "When I look out the window of my Winnebago, I want to see a Sandra Simonds poem on the billboard before I crash. Bless her cranky boots."

Next, we have a November 3rd reading by Rob Halpern (whose September reading at our own Kelly Writers House was discussed on PennSound Daily about a month ago). Harris' introduction makes a refrain of the observation that "Common Place is a work that asks difficult questions of artistic creation and the location of the artist." After citing the democratizing and inclusive nature of the use of the word "common" throughout the book, Harris goes on to situate Halpern's work through the tradition of the New Narrative movement, along with newer touchstones as his work has evolved over time.

You can listen to these recordings, along with six from the series' 2013 calendar, on PennSound's St. Bonaventure Visiting Poets Series homepage, and keep an eye out for spring readings featuring Kate Durbin and Hoa Nguyen.

PennSound Daily is written by Michael S. Hennessey.

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