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

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Rob Fitterman: Newly Segmented Recordings

Posted 6/24/2016

We've been doing some summer segmenting of previously-posted whole recordings — as you can see from the "New at PennSound" sidebar to the right. We'll be highlighting some of those newly-available tracks sporadically, and today we start with two readings from Rob Fitterman.

The more recent of these is his Whenever We Feel Like It reading with Katie Price and Michael Sosnick at our own Kelly Writers House on April 13th of this year. His half-hour set began with his adaptation of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," then continues with "Dave," before concluding with "No Wait, Yep, Definitely Still Hate Myself."

Jumping back three years, our next segmented set is an April 27, 2013 Segue Series reading at the Zinc Bar. This thirty-two minute reading consisted of three customer chats following the process that originated in his May 2010 project "Rob's Word Shop" — a storefront on the Bowery where, in consultation with Fitterman, customers could decide upon (and purchase) letters, words, and strings of words.

These are just two readings among twenty years' worth of recordings that you can find on our Rob Fitterman author page. You can explore those offerings, and the aforementioned sets, by clicking on the title above.

PoemTalk 101: on Ed Dorn's "The Sundering U.P. Tracks"

Posted 6/22/2016

Last week we released the one-hundred-and-first episode in the PoemTalk Podcast series, featuring a discussion of Ed Dorn's poem "The Sundering U.P. Tracks" from his collection The North Atlantic Turbine (1967). For this episode, host Al Filreis was joined by a panel including (from left to right) Simone White, Sophia Le Fraga, and Andrew Whiteman.

In his introduction on the PoemTalk blog, Filreis offers a rather complex contextualization of the poem: "The recording of the poem, available at Dorn's PennSound page, is undated and (as yet) unsourced. For the purposes of our discussion we assumed that the performance was roughly contemporaneous with the publication of the poem — so, let us say, late 1960s or early 1970s. Listeners to the episode will sense that the apparent importance of that dating is not entirely clear to us, but that in the emergence of our political reading of the poem we situate it as a late-1960s reflection back on a slightly earlier moment of realization and radicalization: it recollects and with a bit of distance and greater knowledge recalls the turning-point summer of 1965, when Dorn's collaborator, photographer Leroy McLucas, came to Pocatello only to discover that because of the racial dividing line he had to be housed on the other side of the tracks. The racial trope and idiom of the US East reverts to its literal origins in the making of the US West. And there it is: the key fault line, a built-environment actuality and metaphor. The drawing of a line is the sundering that is endemic to the use of Right of Way to abet the westward expansion of American capital." You can read more on Jacket2.

PoemTalk is a co-production of PennSound, the Kelly Writers House, Jacket2 and the Poetry Foundation. If you're interested in more information on the series or want to hear our archives of previous episodes, please visit the PoemTalk blog, and don't forget that you can subscribe to the series through the iTunes music store.

In Memoriam: Ted Greenwald (1942-2016)

Posted 6/18/2016

What's already been a rough week in poetry has gotten considerably sadder with the news that Ted Greenwald has passed away at the age of seventy-four.

Our own Charles Bernstein has posted a moving tribute to his close friend — with whom he co-founded the venerable Segue Series in 1978 — praising his work for "sing[ing] the commons and dance with a homely grace American poetry has rarely seen." He then goes on to share a 2005 video portrait of the poet, observing: "In the 1970s Ted and I would meet in the afternoons and talk till night. We even did a recording of a couple of dozen hours of our conversations. I owe a tremendous amount to those meetings and to our many conversations since."

Not surprisingly, you'll find a treasure trove of recordings on our Ted Greenwald author page dating from 1971 to the present, including readings, radio appearances, video from Public Access Poetry, and a two-part Close Listening program with Bernstein from 2005. Also included among the collection are two of my favorites, which I wrote up for PennSound Daily in 2015: "Voice Truck" (recorded as part of Gordon Matta-Clark's 1972 "Open Space" show) and Poker Blues (a 1991 video collaboration with artist Les Levine). To start exploring this tremendous poet's work, click the title above.

PennSound Daily is written by Michael S. Hennessey.

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